Domestic Violence Service Center - a path to safety and a shelter from abuse




           Wilkes-Barre, January 26, 2017:    The spirit of the holiday giving season was felt for the residents of Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC).  Many local organizations, groups and individuals opened their hearts to the residents and their children of the shelter by purchasing Christmas gifts and making donations.  DVSC relies on the support of the community throughout the year and especially at Christmas time to help provide for victims of domestic violence.  B’Nai B’rith, Vector Security, Palmerton Club, WKRZ ‘Kares for Kidz’, Courtdale United Methodist Church, Bemis Company, Valley Santa/Borland & Borland, Verizon, Holy Family Church of Sugar Notch, Hazleton STEM School, Kistler Elementary, Express, LCCC, Walmart, the Gifts From Heidi group, and the Wilkes-Barre Post Office were some who gave so generously.

            The holidays are for celebrating with family and loved ones, but for victims of domestic abuse it is a very difficult and stressful time.  Single mothers staying at the shelter worry how they will give their children a Christmas. Victims of domestic violence often flee their abusers, their homes and come to shelter with little or nothing. Donations during the holidays are especially helpful.  Haley Bowen, Children’s Advocate, DVSC said, “These organizations and individuals are so generous. This year, many employees were the driving force behind the giving often adopting an entire family and providing gifts for them.  We try to make sure every child and woman has a gift to open on Christmas morning.  They don’t expect anything and are truly appreciative.” 

            DVSC prepares a “Wish List” with items for the children and attach anonymous names to the list. When someone calls the agency to ask how they can help, we can provide them the age, size, gender of an “anonymous” resident. Often groups of employees want to do the shopping and wrapping of the gifts they purchase; some donors provide gift cards or monetary donations.  Two eight year old boys, members of Albright United Methodist Church, made a donation of their own money to the agency so that others could have gifts for Christmas.

             A pizza party was also held for the residents with food donations from Grotto Pizza and Dominos.  Santa Clause made a special visit and had gifts for the children.

             The Domestic Violence Service Center is a private, non-profit organization serving Luzerne and Carbon Counties, whose purpose is to work toward the elimination of domestic violence.  Since 1976, the Domestic Violence Service Center has been providing supportive services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

             DVSC is a member agency of United Way of Wyoming of Valley and Greater Hazleton, Inc.  For more information on the Domestic Violence Service Center or to learn how you can help to stop the cycle of abuse, please visit or call 1-800-424-5600.