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Victim to Survivor: Addressing Complex Trauma

There is a crisis of violence hiding within the rural beauty of Lawrence County. Related to the selling, transporting, or importing illegal drugs, drug trafficking is the main source for more than 300,000 individuals in Pennsylvania with a substance use disorder. Despite the number of violent crimes due to drug trafficking activity, Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County (CSLC) is the only comprehensive crime victim service organization in the county.

CSLC empowers and advocates for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Their team provides victim compensation assistance, information and referral, personal and legal advocacy, emotional support, safety planning, case management, individual and group counseling, emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing and more.

As a community leader in prevention and trauma-informed care, CSLC delivers education to community groups, professional trainings, school-based violence prevention programming and trauma therapy, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With support from Staunton Farm Foundation, CSLC is able to ensure the funding and training of their therapists.