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Crisis Center North's "Hearing the Whispers & Roars" Community Art Exhibit

Honoring Victims and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Editors: Media are invited to attend and preview this event for which photos will be available.

( Pittsburgh ) The 5 th annual "Hearing the Whispers & Roars" community art exhibit, presented by Crisis Center North and sponsored by the North Hills Art Center, features the stories of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence through artistic expression. The event commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October.

Opening night of "Whispers & Roars" will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 , from 7:00-9:00p, at the North Hills Art Center (3432 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237). The evening will feature live performances, artistic expressions, special guests, refreshments, as well as opportunities to connect with artists and community members in attendance.

"The North Hills Art Center believes strongly in the healing power of art", expressed Kim Freithaler, Executive Director of the North Hills Art Center. "We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment to help community members deal with difficult issues, including domestic violence. Crisis Center North's 'Whispers & Roars' show allows us to illustrate art's powerful role in this process," Freithaler furthered.

Debuting in 2015, "Whispers & Roars" recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in an effort to mourn those who have lost their lives due to domestic violence, celebrate those who have and are continuing to survive, and connect those who work to end violence. "I believe that Domestic Violence Awareness Month should be every month, this issue is pervasive, found in every corner of society," states Roxanne Davis, CCN Adult Counselor.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute in the United States, representing over 10 million victims of abuse each year. In fact, during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, CCN alone served 1,688 unduplicated victims of domestic, dating, and intimate partner violence in the northern and western regions of Allegheny County.

Peny Mitchell, a CCN client and contributor to "Whispers & Roars," talked about what the process has been for her: "With the help of Crisis Center North, I finally realized that domestic abuse over 30 years ago was still affecting me. I am now a work-in-progress learning who I am not what I was told about who I am." Mitchell added, "The North Hills Art Center has aided me in healing with the painting class that I absolutely love. I learned that there aren't any mistakes in painting that can't be fixed, which has been a huge confidence builder."

"Whispers & Roars has been a dynamic and interactive way to bring awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to create a safe place for survivors, significant others, and community responders to communicate their unique experiences with trauma or violence," said CCN Assistant Director, Stacy de las Alas. "Expression of these experiences through the creative process unifies and validates each participant and produces a powerful display of work," de las Alas expanded.

Artwork created by victims and survivors of intimate partner violence'as well as CCN staff will be on display at North Hills Art Center through Friday, October 25th. Admission to "Whispers & Roars" is complimentary and open to the community. To RSVP to the free event and for more information, please visit CCN's Facebook or Eventbrite pages. We look forward to the community joining us in solidarity to honor all victims and survivors of domestic violence.

For questions or more information, please contact Roxanne, CCN's Adult Counselor, at rdavis@crisiscenternorth.org or (412) 364-6728.

ABOUT CRISIS CENTER NORTH : Crisis Center North (CCN) is a non-profit counseling and resource center that provides services to victims and significant others of domestic and intimate partner violence in northern and western Allegheny County. Services provided include individual and group counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy, economic empowerment, housing-first programming, and prevention education. Since 1978, CCN has empowered victims of domestic violence and cultivated community attitudes and behaviors that help break the cycle of violence. The Center's services are free, professional, and confidential, and provided to individuals regardless of race, age, gender, disability, economic status, sexual orientation, or nationality.

For individuals experiencing domestic violence, please contact our 24/7 confidential crisis hotline at (412) 364-5556, or toll-free at 1 (866) 782-0911. Please visit www.crisiscenternorth.org for more information.

ABOUT NORTH HILLS ART CENTER : The North Hills Art Center (NHAC) was founded in 1959 as the Artists and Craftsmen's Guild by a group of dedicated artists who understood the importance of having a permanent haven where people throughout the North Hills and surrounding area could come and learn, express themselves, and appreciate all forms of art. Today, amateurs and professionals alike enjoy that vision at NHAC, where they can exhibit their artwork and benefit from the camaraderie found in classes and open studio sessions. Classes range from pottery to painting to jewelry-making for adults, teens, and children.

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MEDIA CONTACT : Jeremy Armstrong, (412) 364-6728, jarmstrong@crisiscenternorth.org

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