What’s Good In Ya Hood: Giant Eagle Teams Up with Local Organizations to Help Victims of Domestic Violence [VIDEO]

Nicole Molinaro of the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh speaks on new efforts to help victims of domestic violence.


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Giant Eagle and Local Domestic Violence Programs Team Up to

Reach Victims of Domestic Violence During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

Pittsburgh, PA, May 7, 2020 – There has been a sharp rise in domestic violence (DV) amid global coronavirus lockdowns. Since DV is based on power and control, abusers often try to exert even more power when they feel a lack of control (due to illness, job loss, etc.). United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reported, “as the economic and social pressures and fear have grown, we have seen a horrifying surge in domestic violence.” Local police forces have reported an increase in domestic violence calls over the past few weeks. However, calls to local 24/7 crisis hotlines have dropped dramatically since the stay-at-home orders were put in place, suggesting that many victims are struggling to find a safe place and time to call now that they are with their abusive partners even more.


To address the new barriers the pandemic has created for DV survivors seeking help, Giant Eagle has teamed up with Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Crisis Center North and the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center to reach survivors during stay-at-home orders. Beginning this week, postcards with contact information for all three centers have been placed in 42 Giant Eagle locations in Allegheny County. Postcards are available at the end of every register in each store, totaling more than 12,600 postcards. The postcards offer a variety of options for DV survivors to be in contact, when safe – and many times the critical opportunity is when those affected are out of the home.


 “We are grateful for the support of Giant Eagle in our efforts to reach victims of domestic violence. In many cases, the ability to reach out for help can be life-saving. Giant Eagle has always been an incredible community partner, and this is just another example of their leadership on critical issues. Our hope is that by making this essential information more widely available, we can provide those who need help the ability to reach out sooner,” said Nicole Molinaro, President/CEO of Women’s Center & Shelter.


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“Now more than ever, we take the responsibility to meet the needs of our communities very seriously,” said Dan Donovan, Giant Eagle Senior Director of Corporate Communications. “As a business deemed essential during the pandemic, we recognize that our supermarkets can play a vital role in making important information available to those in need of support.”

*Additional printed postcards are available for other local stores, pharmacies, etc. in Allegheny County to distribute.* 


For the entire one on one interview with Nicole Molinaro of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, click the link: 


Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) supports survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children with safety planning, counseling, specialized services, resources and information so that they can heal and build new lives free from abuse. In the last three years, WC&S has grown from a total staff of 49 to 80 in an effort to deepen services and make life-saving programs accessible to more people. Last year, WC&S reached more than 8,000 adults and children—a record number—with the following programs and services:  24-Hour Hotline, Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, Civil Law Project, Education and Outreach, Resident and Non-Resident Support Groups, Wellness Program, Medical Advocacy and Children’s Program. All services are operating during the COVID-19 pandemic; more information available at WCSCanHelp.org/COVID. WC&S’ Battering Intervention Program also offers counseling, education, and tools to help those who use abuse or control to understand and begin to change their behavior. This program is focused on preventing future abuse; it is not intended as an intervention during an abusive episode. The WC&S MENS Program (Men Embracing Nonviolence and Safety) can be reached by calling (412) 687-8017 ext. 340.