The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines domestic violence as “a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.” Domestic violence is also referred to as intimate partner violence or relationship abuse, and it is more than physical violence. In fact, multiple forms of abuse are often present at the same time in an abusive relationship. Verbal and emotional abuse like threats, insults, constant checking in, excessive texting, humiliation, isolation, and stalking are forms of relationship abuse. Sexual abuse, financial abuse, and digital abuse are other examples. In this article, we will explore resources to support victims of relationship abuse available in the state of Maryland.
Help is Available in Maryland
Western Maryland Health Systems provides care for children, teens, and adults who may have been impacted by relationship abuse. Their services for sexual assault cases include:
- Medical screening in the Emergency Department
- A private consultation room for interviews
- A private room for exams
- Medical Forensic evidence collected by trained forensic nurse examiners
- Support for you and your family
- Assault Response team
- Follow up with healthcare referrals and consultations
- Expert opinion and testimony
Services for Domestic Violence and Abuse Cases
- Crisis intervention
- Assessment of your risk of danger to make sure you’re safe
- Referral to community services
- Thorough examination and documentation of physical evidence completed by a forensic nurse
- Expert Opinion and Testimony
No matter where you live in Maryland, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is an excellent resource for you or someone you know who may be experiencing domestic violence. You can reach them by calling 1.800-799-SAFE, texting START to 88788, or visiting their website here.
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
MNADV is the state domestic violence coalition that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals to reduce intimate partner and family violence. They provide Awareness and Education, Training, Technical Assistance, Public Policy and Systems Advocacy, and many forms of collaboration.
MNDVA works to end domestic violence in Baltimore by:
- Maintaining an informational website
- Putting together e-newsletters
- Spreading educational information across social media
- Handing out brochures to the public with resources for victims
- Offering domestic violence programs access to a language-interpretation service for survivors who speak languages other than English
- Providing national, statewide, and local domestic violence training for advocates, counselors, social workers, health care providers, law enforcement officers, and other professionals to gain knowledge and the skills to help someone who is a victim of domestic violence.
Learn more about MNDVA by visiting their website here.
House of Ruth Maryland
House of Ruth is one of the nation’s leading intimate partner violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find safety and stability. Intimate partner violence can affect anyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, religion, ability, or gender.
Through Prevention, Intervention, and Advocacy, House of Ruth provides aid to intimate partner violence victims all over Maryland. They provide outreach, education, and training to help with prevention and practice intervention by ensuring victims in danger can receive services and shelter immediately. They also work with the abusers to help them change their behaviors. Lastly, House of Ruth performs advocacy work to help change attitudes and beliefs about intimate partner violence through legislative and social change. House of Ruth’s 24/7 hotline is a confidential resource for victims in need. To learn more about their work, visit their website here.
If you or someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence, 211 is an excellent resource for help across the state of Maryland. 211 Connects Marylanders who need support with a domestic violence situation by helping you find the closest and best domestic violence service provider based on your specific needs. They can connect you to hotlines, how to get protective/restraining orders, and shelters for battered men and women, to name a few. Visit their website to read more about their services.
Contact Us Today
Our team at Advanced Behavioral Health knows how lonely and challenging it can be to be a victim of domestic abuse. Thankfully in the state of Maryland, many resources are within reach. If you are looking for treatment, our employees specialize in many therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Psychiatric Treatment, Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, and much more. Visit our services page to learn more.