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The logo of Project Healing Sideways, a student group that supports survivors of intimate partner violence.

‘Keeping each other safe’: Pitt raises awareness for domestic violence month

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer October 13, 2021
During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Eva Steele, the founder and chairperson of Project Healing Sideways, said it’s important that young people recognize the risks they face surrounding domestic violence and abuse.
Pitt’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX hosted an event titled “Violence on the Rise: The Troubled Relationship between COVID-19 and domestic violence” last September, which addressed the increase of domestic violence and sexual violence during the pandemic.

‘Survivor-centered’: Intimate partner violence, sexual assault organizations forge ahead amidst pandemic

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer February 10, 2021
Amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, intimate partner violence and sexual assault advocate groups remained certain about one thing — helping survivors.
“Violence on the Rise: The Troubled Relationship Between Covid-19 and Domestic Violence” led by Carrie Benson, the prevention and education coordinator in Pitt’s Sexual Violence Prevention Office, and Paula Davis, the associate vice chancellor for diversity in the School of Health Science, took place on Wednesday and was the next installment of Pitt’s ‘This is not Normal’ town hall series.

‘A pandemic inside of a pandemic’: Panel discusses domestic violence crisis

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer September 11, 2020
According to Rhonda Fleming, the director of education and outreach for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped domestic violence. 
Many shelters are still accepting donations of food and especially money.

Editorial: In the time of COVID-19, here’s how you can help domestic violence victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board April 5, 2020
But actually, there’s a lot we can do, just from inside our houses. 
Katie Pope, the associate vice chancellor for civil rights and Title IX, said the percentage is an underestimate because of difficulties people find in reporting sexual assault and misconduct.

AAU report backs up stats about domestic violence at college

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer October 31, 2019
Out of about 8,000 victims of domestic violence that the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh serves every year, 1,300 are between 18 and 24 years of age.
National Rifle Association logo.

Editorial: Closing the boyfriend loophole could save partners of abusers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board April 2, 2019
The NRA's stance is anti-woman and overlooks the dangers people face from intimate partners who own guns and have shown tendencies toward violent, abusive or stalker-like behaviors.
Woman victim of domestic violence and abuse

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