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Since 1976,  AWARE has been serving adult, teen and child victims, supporting family members and friends. AWARE is committed to providing education, support and advocacy for all people in Mercer County impacted by domestic and sexual violence.


Emergency Response - An Emergency Response Advocate (ERA) responding to hotline calls for emergency accompaniment for domestic and sexual violence victims at hospitals, police stations, or other safe, neutral location. 24/7.

SART – Sexual Assault Response Team consisting of a SANE nurse, AWARE advocate and police officer providing compassionate care for adult victims of sexual assault through Mercer County hospital emergency departments 24/7.

Emergency Housing - An emergency safe space for women and children who live communally, while male victims are sheltered in an alternative facility. Shirley Bursey House can accommodate up to (13) people. Williams House, the housing facility for rural domestic violence victims can accommodate up to (9) people.

PAWS-Located at the Shirley Bursey House. For domestic violence victims fleeing violence at home along with the family pet dog or cat, too!

Legacy Transitional Housing – A long-term (2 year) transitional housing program in Mercer County dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence establish an economically independent life without violence. Condo style living with a tailored family program, shared living expenses,  and a gradual path to independence through education and work.  Print Application

Mercer Legal Advocacy offices – Assistance with Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, court accompaniment through Municipal District Courts, Common Pleas, Criminal court support and accompaniment; assistance with Crime Victim Compensation; Mobile Legal Advocate works with all law enforcement and MDJ staff; PFAD;  NEW OFFICES at the Citizen's Bank Building, Mercer.

SAPRO-Military/Civilian parternship between the Department of Defense and civilian rape crisis centers. Direct services staff help troops in Iraqi and Afghanistan theaters who have been victim of sexual assault. AWARE also provides technical support to active duty personnel throughout the United States.

EVA-Elder Victim Advocacy is a community partnership between AWARE and the  Mercer Area Agency on Aging and the District Attorney's office to respond effectively to the needs of older victims (+60 years of age and older) who are victims of domestic/sexual violence. Individual advocacy, community education, accompaniment, outreach events, and professional training for staff working in senior-serving organizations.

Economic Independence: Applied learned using web-based curriculum from the FDIC and the Allstate Foundation to help victims of domestic violence learn a range of skills to attain economic stability for themselves and their children. A new matched savings program with First National Bank of Pa is limited to clients receiving on-going services with AWARE. Individual and group education, support, and planning are available to all women in Mercer County, regardless of victim status.


HOTLINE offers 24/7  crisis response, support and advocacy, information and referral for victims, and supportive family and friends, toll-free (888) 981-1457.

Individual advocacy-Victims can talk with a degree professional advocate in person, at a safe Mercer County location, or by phone appointment

Support group-structured support groups are offered for people impacted by sexual, emotional, domestic violence or elder abuse.   Event Calendar

Youth services-A degreed professional advocate provides individual advocacy and facilitates support groups for male and female victims of domestic and sexual violence who are under (18) years of age. Services may be accessed on school campuses in Mercer County or at an alternative safe location within Mercer County

Case management-Direct services staff coordinate with a range of allied human services providers to help secure services/benefits for victims.

Information/referral connects  people to a diverse and wide range of services, support, information, housing and employment.

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Verizon Wireless helps Domestic Violence victims

Got a new cell phone and don’t know what to do with the old one? Here’s a suggestion: donate the old phone for a tax deduction while also helping to improve safety for victims of domestic violence. AWARE is seeking cell phones for Verizon Wireless’ Hopeline, a national phone recycling program where old wireless handsets are refurbished and provided to victims of domestic violence.

Through Hopeline, old wireless handsets from any wireless carrier are refurbished and recycled, and donated to non-profit domestic violence organizations. In addition to providing phones, the Verizon Wireless Hopeline program provides free airtime to domestic violence victims so they can make calls that are vital to their safety and survival, like arranging job interviews, childcare, transportation, medical and court appointments.

Donated phones are tax deductible. Donors can obtain a receipt from Verizon Wireless at the drop off location. People wishing to donate used cell phones can drop them off at the Verizon Wireless locations in Mercer County.

Victims of domestic violence in Mercer County can seek emergency shelter, support, legal advocacy and safety planning at AWARE 1-888-981-1457.

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