About Aware

OUR VISION


PARTNER IN THE PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE
HELPING THE HURTING TO HEAL

                                   

                        OUR  MISSION                                    


        AWARE is committed to providing
education, support and advocacy for all people
         in Mercer County  impacted
domestic, emotional,  sexual violence, and
                         elder abuse
                                    

                                                       
                         


OUR HISTORY

                                Welcome to AWARE, Mercer County Center against Domestic and Sexual Violence! AWARE is a victim services agency dedicated to eliminating domestic/sexual violence in Mercer County. Serving Mercer County since 1976, a small group of committed women—professionals from Pennsylvania State University, Shenango campus, the Mental Health Association, and community volunteers—stirred to respond to the needs of rape victims. Influenced by the seminal work by Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, the corp group of volunteers founded the Rape Crisis Center of Mercer County in December 1976.

                                 By 1978, volunteers were responding to desperate calls from battered women. There were no shelters, safe homes, and no protection orders. By 1979, a loose network of safe homes was in place. Mercer Countians opened their homes, apartments, and farms to help house women and children fleeing violence at home. Over the 35 years of service to the community, AWARE has helped thousands impacted by domestic and sexual violence. We offer a broad menu of crisis, supporting, and residential services for adult and minor victims of domestic, emotional, elder, and sexual violence, as well as their supporting family and friends. Services are available for all victims in Mercer county at no cost, and are offered regardless of age, sex, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, economic status, physical ability, parental status, cultural background, or religion.
                                  
                                    In long-term partnership with Community Action Partnership of Mercer County and the City of Sharon, AWARE offers emergency housing and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence. Our long term facility, the Shirley Bursey House, has provided safety and support for women and children since 1989. Beginning in 2010, AWARE operates the first pet shelter attached to a domestic violence facility. PAWS (Pets and Women Shelter) allows the furry family members to seek safety with their victimized human family members to recover together.

                                     In 2009, in partnership with First Baptist Church of Greenville, AWARE opened the Williams House of AWARE, a rural shelter for victims in northern Mercer County. This unique program represents another 1st--a partnership between a faith institution and a victim services agency. In shared mission, AWARE currently works with members of Center Presbyterian Church in Pine Township to create the Brandi Montgomery House, a longer-term housing program for women and children who live in the greater Grove City area.

                                       AWARE works with our allies in law enforcement, health care, education, business and faith communities to share common cause eliminating the impact of domestic and sexual violence on the lives of women, children and families throughout Mercer County.

AWARE would not exist without the long-standing support and hard work of community members, staff, volunteers and interns, Board volunteers, past and present, and YOU for advancing this quixotic mission, ending domestic and sexual violence here in Mercer County. As you visit our site, please continue to support our on-going mission. 
 

                                                                             OUR  BOARD                                                                                                    
                  BETH BLACK GROVE CITY
                  ROGER FLYNN                                 VICE PRESIDENT GROVE CITY
                  SHELBY CLARK     SANDY LAKE
                  SUSAN GIBSON SHARPSVILLE
                  HARIETT GUIDO SHARON
                  BECKY McFADDEN                         PRESIDENT GREENVILLE
                  SUE LAUFFER                                   SECRETARY GREENVILLE
                  KATHRYN LIMA SHARON
                  DAVE LEYDE SHARPSVILLE
                  LISA MARCUCCI WEST MIDDLESEX
                  JANE MONTGOMERY GROVE CITY
                  LIZETTE OLSEN                                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHARON
                 KAREN PICCIRILLI SHARON
                 TOM ROOKEY                                      TREASURER SHARON
                 CANDACE TURPAK SHARPSVILLE


           

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