Trauma Survivors

At Allentown Women’s Center, we use a model of trauma-informed care which means that we understand, recognize, and respond to the effects of different types of trauma. Our staff is trained to provide sensitive care to fit the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients who are survivors of trauma.  If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse or violence, having a gynecological exam or an abortion may be difficult. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, affirming space where you help us plan the best approach for your visit. Bringing a significant other, friend, or family member who can stay with you during your gynecological exam or counseling session is welcomed and encouraged.

When making your appointment, you can provide the telephone staff with information regarding what your needs are for your visit (i.e. preferred positions, safe words, avoiding trigger words, clothing). If it is too difficult to discuss this over the phone, you can discuss this with the doctor in person on the day of your visit, write your needs down and present them to front office staff upon arrival, or you can email them to the clinic (

If you are seeing a counselor/therapist, it may be a good idea to make an appointment with them prior to coming in for your appointment. Your counselor may help by providing grounding skills that can help you during your visit.

AWC fully endorses the Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors.


During An Abortion Appointment

A semi-private waiting area is available for you during your stay. AWC wants you to have all the time you need to feel informed and ready for the medical portion of your visit.

Additional counseling and/or referrals is available to every patient as part of their care. We welcome any other suggestions or ideas you have to make your visit a healing experience.