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Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide of Leslie bailor.
By Mae-Ling Kranz, Chief Executive Officer, Transitions of PA

Lewisburg, PA, April 22, 2022 - Transitions of PA is deeply saddened to learn of the recent domestic violence homicide of Leslie Bailor of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

“We, along with the community, are learning the details of this devastating tragedy through information released by the Pennsylvania State Police and reported on by local media. An outpouring of love, grief, heartbreak, confusion, frustration, and anger can be found in the comments of news reports, articles, and social media posts about Leslie's death. Her death has sparked many questions and conversations about domestic violence," said Mae-Ling Kranz, Chief Executive Officer at Transitions. 

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one partner to gain and maintain control over the other partner. It is complex and takes many forms, including emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and technological.

Domestic violence does not discriminate and impacts people regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or education. Abusive and controlling behaviors can be subtle but escalate over time, becoming more physically violent. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) reports women to comprise 85% of domestic violence victims. Nationally, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner every day. Friends, relatives, colleagues, and neighbors are often the first to learn about the violence a victim is experiencing.

 

“We want anyone who may be experiencing abuse in their relationship to know they are not alone, and help is available," said Kranz. Transitions services are voluntary, confidential, safe, and free to those who need them. Anyone who feels unsafe in their relationship is urged to call 1-800-850-7948, Transitions' 24/7 crisis hotline, to speak with a trained advocate.

"Leslie's life, and death, will not be forgotten. Comments and memories shared on social media about Leslie, her love for her children, her pets, and her friends show a small piece of the immediate impacts of this tragedy. The impacts will be long-lasting. Leslie's children and loved ones need all the support they can get, right now and in the future. I hope our community will continue to rally around Leslie's children, her family, friends, and any other individual they know who is experiencing domestic violence," said Kranz.

Whether you have questions, need resources, or want someone who will listen without judgment, Transitions’ advocates will be there to take your call. Anyone who suspects they know someone experiencing domestic violence is encouraged to reach out for more information and resources about how to help make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

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Transitions of PA is Susquehanna Valley's comprehensive victim service center providing advocacy, empowerment, and education to victims, survivors, and communities to end patterns of violence and abuse throughout Union, Snyder, and Northumberland counties. To learn more about Transitions of PA and available services, visit www.transitionsofpa.org. To learn more about the National Network to End Domestic Violence and national efforts, visit www.nnedv.org.

Transitions of PA Receives $1,000 from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania

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Lewisburg, PA (March 9, 2021) Transitions of PA has received a $1,000 grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) through the Lindig Lewisburg Foundation. These funds will be used to enhance security at the Union County Safe House, which provides emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children.

 

Survivors of domestic violence frequently flee their homes to escape violence. Transitions’ safe house is often the first step for securing long-term safety. Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children.

Transitions offers confidential and supportive emergency safe houses for families who have been displaced as a result of domestic violence or sexual assault. This includes survivors of domestic violence who have voluntarily left home with their children to avoid further violence. Transitions offers shelter to victims of all genders. Last year, Transitions provided emergency shelter to 108 victims and their children for 3,199 nights. The agency has seen a 10% increase in shelter guests and a 17% increase in shelter nights compared to the previous year.

The security enhancements made possible by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania will allow Transitions to increase camera coverage of the location.

About the First Community Foundation Partnership

The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in north-central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact, and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. FCFP strives to create powerful communities through passionate giving. For more information, visit www.FCFPartnership.org.

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