About Us

Our Mission

STANDING FIRM alerts employers to the financial, safety and human costs of partner violence on the workplace and workforce and equips them with tools for taking effective organizational action.

There is a business case to support the idea that employers have a crucial role to play in protecting the workplace from violence related to partner abuse and in improving productivity and worker health by addressing partner violence as a workforce issue. We hope regional employers will become motivated to:

RECOGNIZE partner violence as an issue with bottom line effects on company productivity and security.

RESPOND appropriately from a menu of action steps to initiate or upgrade policies, improve employee awareness, train managers and supervisors to intervene effectively, prepare security staff to recognize and respond to workplace threats from batterers, and other best practices actions.

Know how to REFER to existing community resources for services that the employer does not have the expertise or ability to provide.

STANDING FIRM is a Program of Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh began its mission to create a safe environment for women more than 40 years ago. It was founded as one of the first six shelters for battered women in the United States.

Today Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh offers support and aid to more than 6,000 individuals each year, and continues to remain one of the leading regional programs for victims of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence.