Addressing Domestic Violence

stopviolenceOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. About 22 percent of women and 14 percent of men have reported severe physical violence from spouses or partners in their lifetimes, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey.

That doesn’t event take into account abuse that is emotional, psychological, verbal or sexual. Domestic violence—also sometimes called intimate partner violence—encompasses a broad range of abusive actions toward someone by a loved one.

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes what constitutes an abusive relationship, or thinks it can’t happen to them, says Michaele Cohen, executive director of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence since 1999.

Cohen says the main warning signs to look for when it comes to abuse are jealousy, controlling behavior, isolation and a general lack of respect. When it comes to leaving such a relationship, it’s always complicated, Cohen says. People are dedicated to their relationships, and it’s likely the abusive behavior doesn’t happen all the time—or even most of the time. But Cohen advises anyone in this situation—or anyone who knows someone in this situation—to reach out to a local domestic violence program and see the resources available and make a plan, even if it’s for the future.

The main thing, she says, is this: “We want them to know they’re not alone, it’s not their fault and that they’re not alone.”

Baltimore’s Child has compiled a list of some domestic violence resources available in the area. For resources from all over the state, go to MNADV’s website at mnadv.org.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

24-Hour Hotline: 800-799-7233
TTY Hotline for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing: 800-787-3224

BALTIMORE CITY

House of Ruth Maryland
2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, 21218
24-Hour Hotline: 410-889-7884
Services: Individual and group counseling, legal aid, emergency shelter, transitional housing, community education, victim advocacy

Turn Around, Inc.
1800 N. Charles St., Suite 404, Baltimore, 21201 or
910 Franklin Square Dr., Room 317, Baltimore, 21237
24-Hour Hotline:443-279-0379
Services: Trauma therapy, victim advocacy, community education, emergency shelter, transitional housing, self-defense training

Adelante Familia
2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, 21218
24-Hour Hotline: 410-732-2176
Services: (all services bilingual and culturally-specific for Spanish-speakers): Individual and group counseling, victim advocacy, legal aid

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Turn Around, Inc.
401 Washington Ave., Suite 300, Towson, 21204
(See info in BALTIMORE CITY)

Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County
24-Hour Hotline: 410-828-6390
Services: Emergency shelter, transitional housing, psychotherapy clinic, victim advocacy, legal aid, group counseling

Family and Children’s Services of
Central Maryland
7000 Security Blvd., Suite 302, Baltimore, 21244
Hotline: 410-281-1334
Services: Counseling, support groups, childcare and life-skills seminars, crisis intervention, safe housing

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
1517 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 201, Arnold, 21012
24-Hour Hotline: 410-222-6800
Services: Safe housing, counseling, legal aid, mentoring, job-skills training, support groups

CARROLL COUNTY

Family and Children’s Services of
Central Maryland
22 N. Court St., Westminster, 21157
Hotline: 410-876-1233
Services: Counseling, support groups, childcare and life-skills seminars, crisis intervention, safe housing

HARFORD COUNTY

Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center
24-Hour Hotline: 410-836-8430
Services: Counseling, legal aid, safe housing, crisis intervention, victim advocacy, community education

HOWARD COUNTY

HopeWorks of Howard County
5457 Twin Knolls Rd., Suite 310, Columbia, 21045
24-Hour Hotline: 410-997-2272
Services: Counseling, victim advocacy, legal aid, community education, emergency shelter, transitional housing

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