The mission of Crisis Center North is to empower victims of domestic violence and cultivate attitudes and community behaviors that break the cycle of violence.
Crisis Center North is a 501(c)(3) non-profit counseling and resource center that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their loved ones in northern and western Allegheny County via counseling, therapy, case management, legal and medical advocacy, and economic empowerment services. In addition, the Center provides community trainings on topics related to intimate partner violence and teen dating violence, as well as prevention education programming to local schools.
In 1978, thirteen women joined forces and devoted their time, effort, and resources to establish the North Hills Women’s Center (NHWC). Equipped with a budget of just $13.78, NHWC developed a specialized program of intervention, support, and educational services for victims of DV in the northern and western regions of Allegheny County. In November of 1982, NHWC incorporated as Crisis Center North (CCN). In 1983, CCN became a program member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV).
In 2021, CCN became a $2 million+ nonprofit organization, continuing to provide direction to victims of domestic violence and working toward ending the cycle of violence within our community.
Impact of CCN's Services: FY 2022-2023 Statistics
Provided 31,009 life-saving, trauma-informed direct services to 2,426 victims of domestic violence and their children.
Engaged 15,315 youths through 573 school-based prevention education programs in ten Allegheny County school districts.
Provided domestic violence training to 3,130 professionals and community group members.
In Memory of Penny (2007-2023), a Dog Who Saved Lives
Penny, the first domestic violence canine advocate in Allegheny County and the first shelter dog in the State to provide courtroom support to victims, died peacefully on Monday, June 26, at the elderly age of 16. Penny served as a trendsetter in the state, opening the doors for other canine advocates in courtrooms, and was recognized nationally for her work. In her career, she provided emotional support to countless victims with her calm demeanor, strong presence, and intuitive understanding of how to help those in need.
Program Award: Victim Assistance Canine Program (Paws For Empowerment)
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Crisis Hotline & Text/Chatline
Crisis Center North’s 24/7 hotline is free and confidential for anyone affected by domestic violence. Call to learn more about our services, schedule an appointment, or just for emotional support. We are always here to offer support. Visit the Resources page for referrals to other community resources and groups.