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Intimate Partner Violence

Browse at your leisure. Each site listed is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. The student’s name is listed at the end of his or her review. This page will be updated often, as students submit and review new sites.

Love is Respect is a website devoted to helping identify and resolve teen dating violence. The website offers information regarding abuse itself discussing how to identify if you are being abused or if you are abusive, healthy relationships, and facts about dating abuse. Loveisrespect.org also provides information about getting help and getting out of an abusive relationship. There is also a section that allows you to get involved with fundraising opportunities and ways to donate. There is also a resource center which provides information to outside agencies and ways to contact loveisrespect.org or the hotline to seek help. One of the aspects of the website which I found to be interesting and very helpful is that the website offers a live chat with peer advocates. +Tiffany+

United States Department of Justice (Office on Violence Against Women) website is geared towards domestic violence with women being the victim. This website can be used by clients (most often females) and therapists for information and resources. This is also a government-run website that is easy to navigate through. This website includes information on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assaults, fact sheets, and grant and incentive information. There are also additional resources located throughout the website. +Amanda+

Domestic Abuse Counseling Center (DACC) was founded in 1992. The mission of the agency is to end partner violence in Western Pennsylvania. The agency provides information, new coping skills, and support for men who are seeking help with changing their abusive behaviors. The DACC program places clients in neighborhood groups, which last for fifteen weeks. It is currently the largest nonprofit program for batterers in Pennsylvania. The main office is located in McKeesport, Pa., and can be reached by mail, phone, or e-mail. The website offers information to include: training classes to professional organizations; the DACC curriculum, which includes five main themes; continuing research in domestic violence intervention, alcohol abuse treatment, and mental health issues; links to other resources; and a contact number to help donate to the DACC cause. +Tiffany+

Alice Paul House (APH) offers services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes. It is located at a confidential location in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, for the safety of the clients and staff. Survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault who are seeking shelter may get the location by calling in. The APH has a twenty-four-hour crisis hotline to help women in crisis or danger at any time of the day or night. APH provides emergency shelter for women and their children, medical and legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, community education and awareness, and much more. +Cathaleen+

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers local domestic violence programs, free confidential services, ways the public can help, and linkage to different resources and hotlines that victims can use to help them get out of their dangerous situation. This website is filled with information, from articles regarding political views on this matter to what is being done to create more awareness such as bills that are brought up for voting at our nation’s capital. It also has videos/media coverage which are all helpful for those who want to learn more about this issue and what they can do to provide the assistance in their local domestic violent shelters for women and their children who are truly affected by it. There’s even a victims’ memorial section, which I found to be very powerful. These included pictures of mothers with their kids, single women, and even men who were all affected by domestic violence. +Nerlange+

Clothes Line Project is for surviving victims or their family members to gain some sort of empowerment back from what has been taken away from them due to domestic violence. The Clothes Line Project is an artistic way for victims to tell their story by making a T-shirt. Surviving victims are asked to use this method as a way to heal by breaking their silence and moving forward. The project has many different colors for their shirts which all represents something. This is a form of education for those who come to view the completed shirts and a form of growth and healing for those who make them. There are about five hundred projects both nationally and internationally; an estimated 50,000–60,000 shirts and counting are made. The Clothes Line Project is currently in forty-one states here in the U.S. +Nerlange+

The Hotline has been helping people for fifteen years by answering important questions about domestic violence. The hotline provides anonymous and confidential help twenty-four/seven by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). This site provides education about domestic violence, helping a friend, abuse in America, and the Violence Against Women Act. Information on how to get help in your area and safety planning is provided. In addition, the website provides a Share Your Voice link, where people can share support and blog about issues openly. Lastly, one can be up to date on the latest resources and current events, which is helpful. Overall, I believe this is a good resource for people who have questions/concerns about domestic violence by providing a listening ear in times of need. +Kristina+

  • Counseling Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.