The statistics are staggering

Since Sept 30, 1979, the Clinton County Women’s Center has provided assistance to victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

What started out as one room with a phone, has grown and achieved much since the beginning.

We provide a free and confidential, 24-hour hotline, safety planning and options counseling, medical, legal, and youth advocacy, support groups and an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.

We even provide assistance for people who want a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA).

According to statistics, every nine seconds a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted.

That is staggering.

We are the land of the free, where some relationships are reduced to power, control, beatings and assaults.

No age is safe from this kind of attempted control through violence.

It has been reported that one in five teenage girls who have been in a relationship had reported a boyfriend had threatened them with violence or self-harm when faced with a breakup.

We are here to educate our community on this current epidemic. We are also here to help the victims, the survivors, and the significant others of those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Common misconception about the Women’s Center is that we provide services for exclusively female clients. Not only do we welcome all genders, we also welcome anyone person who is affected by sexual and domestic violence.

It does not matter your ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, age, religion or disabilities. Many people do not often associate men as victims of this type of violence.

In 2010 the CDC produced a survey taken that reported that 40 percent of victims that suffered severe, physical domestic violence are men.

Surprising, to say the very least.

No one deserves to be treated like a possession.

That is who we are here for, all these victims.

We are also constantly trying to reach out to our community. We provide education to our local schools and to our community. We also provide training to different community services, such as hospital and law enforcement personnel. The more we educate, the closer we will be to achieving safe and healthy relationships.

Not only has The Women’s Center become part of the community, but also the community has become part of The Women’s Center.

In October and May every year, we provide training for people who would like to volunteer or intern.

Many people are involved in keeping the services up and running. There are more people helping out without pay than those who are making their money by giving back and helping. Either way, The Women’s Center is made up of caring, wonderful people giving back.

All services provided by The Clinton County Women’s Center are free and completely confidential. We provide advocacy and options counseling for victims. We educate and train members of our community. We believe all people have the right to a life free from the fear of violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual or domestic violence, please call us any time at 570-748-9509 or come visit us at 34 West Main St. Lock Haven.