Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Justice & Legal
  • Women


Post Office Box 9024Pittsburgh, PA 11111 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Women's Center & Shelter is to end intimate partner violence in the lives of women and their children.


Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) was founded in 1974, and is one of the first six shelters in the United States for battered women. Since that time, WC&S has been at the forefront of the Battered Women's Movement, creating and implementing innovative and effective programming aimed at preventing domestic violence and providing services to domestic violence victims.

To accomplish our mission, Women's Center & Shelter:

Provides sanctuary from domestic violence for women and their children within a supportive community where confidentiality is guaranteed

Informs women of the resources available to them

Works with all appropriate organizations/agencies to create resources for women victims of domestic violence and their children

Accompanies women as they proceed through the legal system

Works with children to help them learn alternative responses to violence

Educates the public about the needs of women, particularly those women who have experienced domestic violence

Works for systems change to alter societal attitudes, behaviors and responses


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