Blackburn Center advocates for the rights of all individuals to live free from domestic and sexual violence and other forms of violence by eliminating the root causes of this violence and providing for the well-being and safety of survivors/victims.
In 1975, a task force of the National Organization for Women met to address rape and sexual assault issues in Westmoreland County. The result was Westmoreland Alliance Against Rape whose hotline answered its first call on December 6, 1976.
Since then, what is now Blackburn Center has grown to a staff of more than 30, with an active team of volunteers. Through this growth, we have developed an array of services for adult and child victims of sexual assault and domestic violence as well as comprehensive community education and professional in-service training programs.
Over the years, Blackburn Center's mission has remained fundamentally the same. Every year, thousands of people reach out for our services. Blackburn Center will continue to support victims with our shelter, counseling, and advocacy services as long as there are victims who need us. However, for our daughters and granddaughters—and for our sons and grandsons, we must work toward a better future. Blackburn Center urges members of the community to join us in our work to end domestic and sexual violence by changing their own attitudes about these crimes and challenging others to do the same.
Throughout the year, Blackburn Center sponsors and hosts events designed to gain support for our mission to end violence, and to raise awareness about these issues. With your help, we can reach our goal of ending gender violence in our community!
Our signature event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, takes place each April in Greensburg. In 2016, 1,138 people participated in the walk, carrying signs, wearing high heels, and signing the pledge to end gender violence. Visit our past Walk A Mile in Her Shoes events, and to see pictures from each of these fantastic walks!