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Domestic violence shelter relocates from McKeesport to Pittsburgh's South Side

A room with chairs and a TV.
Tyler Dague
Center for Victims
A community room at the Center for Victims' new emergency domestic violence shelter. The shelter is moving from downtown McKeesport to East Carson Street.

An emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence is relocating to Pittsburgh's South Side from downtown McKeesport; it will start housing people during the week of Sept.18.

Operated by the nonprofit Center for Victims, the new facility’s more central location is easier to reach through public transportation. The shelter will now be in the same building as the Center for Victims’ offices, making it easier for people to receive services, such as therapy and legal advocacy.

The new shelter has six rooms designed for families — each with its own television, bathroom and mini kitchen. This allows families more privacy as they navigate trauma caused by domestic violence.

Last year, 112 people died from domestic violence incidents in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 4 women — and nearly 1 in 10 men — have experienced sexual violence, physical violence or stalking from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Sarah Boden covers health and science for 90.5 WESA. Before coming to Pittsburgh in November 2017, she was a reporter for Iowa Public Radio. As a contributor to the NPR-Kaiser Health News Member Station Reporting Project on Health Care in the States, Sarah's print and audio reporting frequently appears on NPR and KFF Health News.