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About Crisis Center North

Crisis Center North is committed to assisting victims of domestic violence in our community through a variety of resources and confidential services. The Center provides free empowerment counseling and advocacy to adult, teen, and child victims of domestic violence in the northern and western communities of Allegheny County. Crisis Center North also provides educational programming to community and school programs.

Crisis Center North has been a program member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence since its incorporation. The Coalition is a statewide organization of 61 domestic violence programs that ensure that member organizations maintain the highest standards and provide quality services to victims of domestic violence across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Services are provided to individuals regardless of race, age, gender, disability, economic status, or sexual orientation.


Crisis Center North opened its doors and first offered services to the community in 1978. It was through the efforts and resources of 13 women and generous volunteers that the then North Hills Women’s Center got its start. Founding mother Dee Walk’s involvement began in 1974, after the death of her husband Kenneth, a prominent counselor in the North Hills. For many years, Kenneth had volunteered to offer counseling to victims of domestic violence when the term, “domestic violence,” had not yet been coined. After his death, battered women with nowhere to turn continued to show up on Dee’s doorstep. Concerned, Dee began to work with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and listened to the women coming to her door. Over time and through planning, The North Hills Women’s Center opened its doors and in 1982, the agency incorporated and changed its name to Crisis Center North.