The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that the advocacy organization, Black Women For Positive Change, recently partnered with Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side to donate gift bags to the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.
Reverend Dave McFarland of Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church said that domestic violence is the number one reported incident for Pittsburgh’s North Side police station.
Diane Powell, with Black Women For Positive Change, said that sometimes, the holidays can be a trigger for more domestic violence incidents. “Holiday spending can strain a family’s limited budget, lead to arguments and erupt into physical violence,” she said. “Family members who overindulge in alcohol or drugs can disrupt family celebrations. Violence and emotional abuse can force an individual to flee the home and seek shelter with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a child in their arms. This donation drive is one way our organization can work to combat violence and assist survivors as they get out of violent situations and rebuild their lives.”
The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh’s 24-hour hotline telephone number is 412-687-8005.
DIANE POWELL, right, with Laniah Young, Drew Hines and Dr. Nancy Hines, with the gift bags that were given to the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. (Feature Photo)
by Courier Newsroom