Clinton County Women’s Center helps victims of abuse

LOCK HAVEN – Since Sept. 30 1979, the Clinton County Women’s Center has provided assistance to victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

What started out as one room with a phone, has grown and achieved much since the beginning.

The center provides a free and confidential 24-hour hotline, safety planning and options counseling, medical, legal and youth advocacy, support groups an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and assistance for people who want a Protection from Abuse Order.

According to statistics, every nine seconds a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted.

It also has been reported that one in five teenage girls who have been in a relationship had reported a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm when faced with a breakup.

The Clinton County Women’s Center’s goal is t to educate the community on the epidemic and also to help the victims, survivors and significant others of those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

A common misconception about the Women’s Center is that they provide services exclusively for females.

However, all genders welcome – anyone who is affected by sexual and domestic violence is welcome.

Ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, age, religion or disabilities do not matter.

Many people don’t often associate men as victims of this type of violence.

But in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control released a survey that reported that 40 percent of victims that suffered severe, physical domestic violence are men.

The Women’s Center is constantly trying to reach out to the community by providing education to the local schools and to community.

The center provides training to different community services, such as hospital and law enforcement personnel.

In May and October each year, the center provides training for people who would like to volunteer or intern.

Many people are involved in keeping the services up and running.

All services provided by the Clinton County Women’s Center are free and confidential.

The center provides advocacy and options counseling for victims and they educate and train members of the community.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual or domestic violence, call the center at 748-9509 or visit the center at 34 W. Main St.