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About Us

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 2021-2022 Statistics

Leadership Team

Grace Coleman

Grace Coleman

President & CEO
Hilary O'Toole

Hilary O'Toole

Assistant Director
Michael Brayack

Michael Brayack

Grants and Publications Manager

Board of Directors

Dr. Arthur Woods, President
Diane Salvatora, Vice President
Christine Stinson, Secretary
Carol Young
Nicole Kairys
Kelsie LaBarbera Mozzoni
Rev. Charissa Howe
Alex Cashman
Kait Roth
Mark Roth
Julia Hartley
Meghan Pyszniak
Sloane O'Donnell

Awards & Recognition

American Humane Hero Dog Awards
Hero Veterinary Nurse Award: Cheri Herschell, CCN Canine Intervention Specialist
American Humane
Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award
Survivor Activist Award: Roxanne Davis, CCN Counselor
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Gender & Sexual Justice Caucus and Women of Color Caucus Diversity Award
Grace Coleman, CCN Executive Director
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
Individual Prevention, Education & Outreach Award: Leon Strimel, CCN Prevention Educator
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
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.

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