Berks Women in Crisis, a domestic and sexual violence center, is committed to the understanding and prevention of personal and institutional violence against individuals.
Our mission is to empower individuals through programs that provide counseling and advocacy services, support and safety to battered women, their children and survivors of domestic violence.
It is our intent to increase public awareness, provide information and education and systems outreach through social change activities.
What is Berks Women in Crisis?
Berks Women in Crisis is a private, non-profit doemstic and sexual violence center. Begun in 1976 by a group of volunteers and rooted in the belief that all people are entitled to a life free from physical, sexual, and emotional violence, Berks Women in Crisis has grown:
- A staff of 45, and still growing
- 500 collective years of professional experience working with victims of domestic and sexual violence
- 100 volunteers
- 17 Board of Director members
- Two 24-hour-a-day hotlines, one in Spanish and one in English
- Shelter capacity, 26 women and children
- Sojourner Truth House and Elizabeth Blackwell House, transitional housing for formerly battered women and their children
- Emma's Center, child/parent center
- Legal assistance, accompaniment, and representation
- PeaceWorks - prevention education
- Latino services
- Training for professionals in the community
- Public speaking
- Medical accompaniment