Human Services

Womens Resource Center

We are your safe place



To end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education and social change.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Peg Ruddy

Main Address

PO Box 975



domestic violence center, advocate, rape crisis center, Women, Violence Against Women, LGTBQ Partner violence, stalking, rape





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs + Results

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To most of us, home means safety, security, a place where you can be yourself, be happy, relax. For thousands of individuals across Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties, home is something terrifying. For those survivors of domestic and sexual violence, it takes a lot of courage to walk back through that door and even more courage to leave. The staff of the Women’s Resource Center is here to help those in abusive situations leave and re-define home. Just last year, the Center provided over 14000 nights of safety for victims – helping them get a fresh start in emergency or temporary housing. But, with WRC’s help, 84 % of the participants stay free of the abusive relationship. They go on, instead, to build a new life. Survivors with children face so many questions when they think about leaving – where will I go? How will I live? How can I remain safe? WRC last year helped over 1400 individuals and children. And the number continues to grow.

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WRC's mission is to to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education and social change.

WRC provides services to adult and child survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Services are available to significant others who are supportive of the survivor’s right to live a life free from violence and oppression. Services are free and confidential and available regardless of income, race, gender, age, marital, social or economic status, cultural or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical abilities. Those services are crises intervention, safe housing, legal support, counseling and systems advocacy. WRC utilizes survivor- center advocacy, stressing survivor safety and offering holistic assistance. WRC also seeks to make social change by dismantling oppressive structures that allow for gender-based violence, thereby promoting justice and liberation of all people. WRC is committed to building a lasting legacy of equality, peace, social justice, and a community where domestic and sexual violence no longer exist.

Today, the Women’s Resource Center remains a dynamic force in our community, helping 52,087 adults and children in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties rebuild their lives free of violence and fear since beginning operations. Of that number, 42,138 were adult and child victims of domestic violence and 9,949 victims of sexual abuse. Those reaching out for help come from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, education, ethnicities, and sexual orientation. Services are free and extended to everyone, including family members, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and men in same sex relationships. Executive Director Margaret Ruddy manages a team of compassionate and specially trained advocates, lawyers, counselors, and professionals who work tirelessly and fervently to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault gain their personal and financial independence.

In terms of services provided, WRC continually monitors hotline calls and incoming cases of sexual assault domestic violence and stalking. In addition, the organization advocates for legislation related to the rights of survivors and their children.

In the last 40 years, WRC has helped over 52,000 adults and children. The hope is in the next 40 years to increase services available, to build on our newly started Safe Dates program to help teens identify and avoid unhealthy relationships, and to continue to advocate on behalf of survivors and their families in Lackawanna and Susquehanna County.

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Womens Resource Center

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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