Sue O'Day
61 Koehler Hill Road, Scott Twp, PA 18447
Linda Young
306 Huston Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18444

2016-2017 focus will be:

Spousal/Intimate Marital and Teen Abuse

2017-2018 focus will be:
Elder and Child Abuse

What is Abuse?

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. 

  • Spousal – Intimate Marital   
  • Teen
  • Elder
  • Child

Warning Signs of Abuse

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.
In fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in the early stages of a relationship. Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows. Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partners.

Telling you that you never can do anything right

Keeping you from your family and friends

Embarrassing or shaming you with put-downs

Taking or refusing your money

Controlling who you see, where you go or what you do

Preventing you from making your own decisions

Intimidating you with guns, knives or other weapons

Pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to



If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1!!!!

If you are being abused by your partner, know there is nothing you have done or are doing to cause the abuse. It is solely the choice of the abuser to abuse. It may seem impossible to escape your abuser, change your circumstances, or find the help you need, but it is possible.


Help for Spousal – Intimate Marital Abuse

  • Know your abuser’s red flags – be alert for sign your abuser is getting upset
  • Identify safe areas of the house – avoid small enclosed areas
  • Have a code word – use it to let your family, friends or co-workers know you’re in danger
  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice  - keep car fueled and unlocked
  • Practice escaping – rehearse your escape plan so you know exactly what to do
  • Make and memorize a list of emergency contacts - ask trusted individuals if you can call on them in times of emergencies.


Help for Teen Abuse

  • Talk with your parents or another trusted adult – do not feel ashamed to get help from an adult
  • Talk with a trusted friend  - specifically point out anything you want to keep secret and share the fact that  breaking your trust may put you in danger
  • Have a safety plan  - make a practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations
  • Don’t post information on social networking sites – never use sites like Facebook or Snapchat to reveal your current location
  • Reach out to your local community agencies – contact your local women’s resource center for help and guidance

Four Projects for Your Club

Pick one or all four and make sure to record your statistics!!

Purse Project – Collect new or gently used purses – fill them with small personal items such as shampoo, lotion, notepad, pens, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush etc….to donate to your local women’s resource center

Pajama Party – Have members wear PJs to a club meeting and bring a pair of women’s or teen’s pajamas to donate to your local woman’s shelter

Purple – WEAR IT!!! The color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – October- use this as a way to tell others why ending Domestic Violence is important to you.

Plan an event - for parents and/or your community about healthy relationships and what they should know about teen dating abuse.

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