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But Is It Enough?

In 1976, a small group of women came together, determined to do something about domestic violence rather than just talk about it. This was the start of May Day Anonymous, the precursor to Turning Point of Lehigh Valley. These dedicated volunteers took turns answering calls from women trapped in domestic violence, passing the phone from one volunteer to the next.

Two years later, in 1978, Turning Point of Lehigh Valley became a reality. Since that time, more than 93,000 individuals have been served — women, men, children; the rich and poor; urban, rural and suburban dwellers. And still, domestic violence continues.

The statistics are heart wrenching. According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
• In the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died from domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.
• In 2017, 117 people were killed in Pennsylvania as a result of domestic violence.
• Among the 117 people killed, 60 percent of victims were killed by either a current or former intimate partner.
• Locally, four people died in Lehigh County and seven in Northampton County last year as a result of domestic violence.

This year, Turning Point of Lehigh Valley is celebrating its 40th anniversary — 40 Years of New Beginnings. As I begin my second term as president of the Board of Directors, I can’t help but ask, “Are we making a difference?” Are we moving closer to achieving our mission: “To eliminate domestic violence in the Lehigh Valley through empowerment, education and engagement?”

While one victim is one too many, the stories shared by courageous survivors at our anniversary celebration and at our annual Vigil make it clear that Turning Point is making a difference. Check out our video to hear the voices of just a few of the courageous survivors who have been helped by Turning Point.

Written by:

Joan B. Marcus
President, Board of Directors
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley

My Confession to Other Parents & Caregivers

At the risk of slight embarrassment, I’ll share with you a personal memory.  When my oldest son was five days old and freshly home from the hospital, I held him and cried my eyes out as I thought of how one day, someone would want to date him.  While this was clearly not a pressing… Continue Reading

Safe House is More Than a Building

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The Year in Review

If you see any of the same stuff as I do on social media, I’m sure you’ve come across posts lamenting 2016 as a terrible year.  To be sure, it was a year filled with tragedies and atrocities.  Fires, shootings, debates (and yes, even scary clowns) filled our collective consciousness and devastated families and communities.… Continue Reading

Let’s All Rise & Make Some Noise!

One of my favorite stories about the birth of the victims’ rights movement is how Anne Pride, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape in 1980, refused to produce a client’s counseling records during a rape trial.  There were no statutes protecting this information, but advocates assured everyone that they would do anything necessary to… Continue Reading

A message from our Executive Director

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Welcome to Turning Point. We are here for you.

We welcome you to our new website and hope you will find helpful information here and that you will share this resource with others who may need Turning Point’s assistance through our helpline, programs and services. With this site, we’re launching our new blog, “Allies for Hope.”  Here, each month, we’ll offer information and statistics,… Continue Reading

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