Center for Victims

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Mission Statement

Center for Victims (CV) is a community based nonprofit organization and the largest, most comprehensive, inclusive provider of services, advocacy, and education for victims of all crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Serving Allegheny County and the Greater Pittsburgh region, CV's mission is "Healing Trauma, supporting victims, and creating social change for a more peaceful community." Our goal is to break the cycle of violence in our communities.

Center for Victims provides critical programs and services to the Allegheny County, Greater Pittsburgh Community as a:

  • Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter, Housing & Counseling Center
  • Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault Center
  • Comprehensive Crime Victim & Witness Assistance Center
  • Community Crisis Response Team
  • Professional Development, Training, Education, Mediation & Advocacy Center

About Center for Victims

For more than 40 years, CV has provided effective and quality services to hundreds of thousands of victims of all crimes including: domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, child sexual assault and physical abuse, elder abuse, homicide, burglary and incidents of mass violence. In fiscal year 2015-2016, CV provided direct services to 16,000 clients and prevention education and training programs to over 35,000 individuals. In addition, each year, CV reaches 100,000 individuals through outreach and awareness activities across Allegheny County. CV's staff provides critical crime victim support and training and education that meet the diverse needs of people of all ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identities, physical disabilities and socio-economic status.

CV is a one-stop-shop with one message, one number to call, and one door for people to walk through to get the best combination of services to meet their needs. CV's trauma informed care is evident in all aspects of service delivery, incorporating an understanding of the prevalence and impacts of trauma and the multifaceted and individualized paths to healing. CV ensures that any and all victims in need of services can easily and readily access quality, seamless, and comprehensive services that allows for reduced confusion for victims in their time of trauma; increases CV's effectiveness, influence, and presence; avoids duplication of services; ensures sustainability for the organization; and creates a consistent and improved quality of service for clients.

Contact Information

McKenna Gilbert Phone: 412-482-3240x116 mgilbert@centerforvictims.org