Advocacy, Counseling, and Shelter

  • Alice Paul House

    P.O. Box 417
    Indiana, PA 15701
    Administration Phone: 724-349-5744
    Fax: 724-349-7883
    Website: Alice Paul House

    Note: The e-mail address is not a secure, confidential way to contact the Alice Paul House. If you are a victim, please call the 24-hour hotline (724-349-4444) for assistance.

    If you are in a crisis situation now, call 724-349-4444. Someone is available to help you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

    Crime Victim’s Hotline: 1-800-435-7249 (For calls from outside local calling area only, within Pennsylvania)

    Services and Description

    • The Alice Paul House offers services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and all other crimes.
    • A crisis hotline operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Professional staff or trained volunteers provide crisis intervention counseling and referrals. Call 724-349-4444 if you are a victim of crime.
    • Emergency shelter is provided to victims of domestic violence and their dependent children.
    • Crisis intervention counseling is provided to victims of all crimes (including domestic violence and sexual assault), their children, and significant others impacted by the crimes. Counseling is provided to non-residents as well as residents of the shelter.
    • Medical and legal advocacy services are provided to victims of all crimes, their children, and significant others impacted by crimes.
    • Community awareness and prevention education programs are available to all Indiana County schools, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, churches, businesses, community agencies, service clubs, and other groups in Indiana.
    • All Alice Paul House services are free and confidential.

    Blackburn Center

    PO Box 398
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    Phone: 724.837.9540
    24-Hour Hotline: 724-836-1122 or
    Toll Free: 888-832-2272
    Website:  Blackburn Center
    E-mail for information: 

    Services and Description

    • Blackburn Center responds to the issues of physical and emotional battering, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and child sexual abuse. All client services are free and confidential.
    • Twenty-four-hour hotline providing crisis counseling and referrals. Calls from friends and family members are also welcome.
    • Counseling and therapy for women, children, and men who are victims or who have a loved one who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse. Intensive, long-term therapy is available for survivors of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and incest.
    • Support groups, including on-going and short-term groups for victims and significant others. New groups are formed according to need.
    • Emergency shelter for battered women and their dependent children. Residents may stay up to thirty days in a six-month period. Safe housing can be provided for men at a separate location.
    • Medical advocacy/accompaniment for sexual assault and domestic violence victims in area hospital emergency rooms. Advocates are on call twenty-four-hours a day to provide counseling, support, and information.
    • Legal advocacy/accompaniment for sexual assault and domestic violence victims at PFA hearings, magistrate hearings, and trials.

    The Haven Project

    Suites on Maple East, Suite G-2
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Education: 724-357-3947
    Fax: 724-357-3434
    24-Hour Hotline (Alice Paul House): 724-349-4444
    Website: Haven Project 

    Services and Description

    The Haven Project is a grant-funded program designed to provide services to women who have experienced violence and education about violence against women.

    HAVIN (Helping All Victims in Need)

    P.O. Box 983
    Kittanning, PA 16201
    Phone: 724-543-1180
    Website: HAVIN 

    Services and Description

    • HAVIN is a dual center, meaning that we provide services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their significant others.
    • Twenty-four-hour Hotline: staffed twenty-four hours a day to provide crisis counseling, information, and referral
    • Emergency Shelter: for individuals unsafe in their homes
    • Counseling: individual and group sessions at any secure location and in our Kittanning and Leechburg centers
    • Information and Referral: can provide referrals to a number of different agencies, depending on your needs
    • Advocacy and Accompaniment: will accompany survivors and their significant others to Protection From Abuse proceedings, criminal, civil and juvenile court, medical, mental health, or social service appointments
    • Transportation: can provide transportation from a secure location to shelter
    • Outreach and Education Programs: prevention and educational programs available to schools, churches, and community and civic organizations

    The HOPE Center

    P.O. Box 67
    Tarentum, PA 15084
    Phone: 724-224-1100
    Fax: 724-224-1123
    Toll Free: 888-299-HOPE (4673)
    Website: HOPE Center 

    Services and Description

    • Emergency thirty-day Shelter: providing safety to victims fleeing violence in their homes.
    • Individual counseling in any of four outreach offices.
    • Legal Advocacy: accompaniment and advocacy during Protection From Abuse hearings in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, as well as during criminal proceedings at the District Justice level.
    • Emergency transportation to court proceedings.
    • Systems Advocacy: working with the justice, mental health, and other systems to advocate for victims.
    • Support Groups: providing a safe place for victims to discuss and be educated on domestic violence.
    • Information and Referral: providing other options.

    National Domestic Violence Helpline

    Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    TTY: 1-800-787-3224
    Website: National Domestic Violence Helpline 

    National Sexual Assault Hotline

    Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    PAAR (Pittsburgh Action Against Rape)

    81 S. 19th St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Phone: 412-431-5665
    24 Hour Hotline: 1-866-END-RAPE (1-866-363-7273)
    TTY: 412-431-2576
    Electronic Anonymous Contact
    Website: Pittsburgh Action Against Rape 

    Services and Description

    • Counseling
    • Therapy and Support Groups
    • Medical Advocacy
    • Legal Advocacy
    • Education Programs
    • For more information, please visit Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

    Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

    P.O. Box 9024
    Pittsburgh PA 15224
    Phone: 412-687-8005
    24-Hour Hotline: 412-687-8005 or
    Toll-Free 877-338-8255
    Counseling Center: 412-687-8005
    Legal Advocacy: 412-355-7400
    Medical Advocacy: 412-232-7479
    Website: Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh 

    Services and Description

    • Emergency Shelter
      The Women's Center's twenty-four-hour shelter offers a comprehensive range of services for victims of domestic violence and their children, including legal and medical advocacy, individual counseling sessions and support groups, housing advocacy, and assistance in goal planning and safety planning. A woman may call the hotline to inquire about shelter when she is in immediate danger at home or if she feels her partner is potentially lethal.

    • Counseling Center
      Anyone who is experiencing or has experienced abuse in an intimate relationship may call the hotline to inquire about receiving counseling provided by specially trained advocates who assist victims in exploring their feelings and understanding their options. WC&S advocates also encourage women to attend support groups to learn the dynamics of abuse, support each other’s struggles and successes, and grow stronger through shared experiences.

    • Children's Counseling Center
      Living in a home where there is fighting—verbal or physical—can cause many problems for children of all ages. Children whose mothers attend individual counseling or a support group are invited to receive support through the Children's Counseling Center. Staff and qualified volunteers provide individual counseling and age-appropriate support groups for children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.

    • Legal Advocacy
      The Legal Advocacy department provides court accompaniment, support, information, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence as they progress through the legal system. Legal Advocates also provide trainings for professionals within the justice system (including police, attorneys, District Justices, probation, and parole officers) as they work towards a coordinated and effective response to domestic violence.

    • Medical Advocacy
      The Medical Advocacy department is comprised of specially trained advocates, based at Mercy Hospital, Mercy Providence, Allegheny General Hospital, and St. Clair Hospital, who provide intervention, education, information, and advocacy for victims of domestic violence who are at the hospital because of healthcare needs. Medical Advocates also provide training for professionals within the healthcare system in an effort to enhance the healthcare system's response to domestic violence.

    For more information, please see Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh


    Administrative Offices
    410 Nineth Ave.
    McKeesport, PA 15132
    Phone: 412-664-7146
    Fax: 412-664-1884
    24-Hour Hotline: 1-866-202-5573
    Website: Womansplace

    Services and Description

    • Twenty-four-hour Hotline
    • Emergency Shelter Stay
    • Residential and Non-Residential Counseling
    • Support Groups
    • Goal Planning and Options Counseling
    • Information and Referral
    • Safety Planning
    • Prevention Education and Community Outreach
    • Legal Advocacy
      • Individual Legal Advocacy
      • Safety Planning
      • Legal Systems Support and Options Counseling
      • Court Accompaniment
      • Protection From Abuse Orders
      • Legal Systems Training
    • Medical Advocacy
      • Emergency Protection From Abuse Orders
      • Advocacy in Emergency Rooms
      • Training to Medical Professionals
      • Medical Assistance Support
      • Healthcare Referrals
      • Medical Community Outreach
    • Children's Services
      • Residential and Non-residential Individual and Group Counseling
      • Parenting Classes
      • School Enrollment
      • Health Screening
      • Child Care
      • Supervised Children's Activities
      • Parenting Classes