Domestic Violence [What We Do | Trauma Services]
The Domestic Violence Program fosters safety, autonomy, and resiliency in families through the provision of services tailored to the needs of victims, their children and their abusive partners. The emphasis of the program is on establishing safety from violence for victims and their children and the prevention of future episodes of violence through work with offenders.
We strive to empower victims so that they can take control of their lives back from their abuser. We seek to help the victim and children remove themselves from harm and heal from the abuse. We offer support groups designed to support victims at their level of need. Children’s support groups and crisis intervention groups are also held. We hold seminars on topics such as raising healthy children and budgeting on a low income.
Abuse may take many forms…
We can help.
Baltimore County: 410-281-1334
Carroll County: 410-876-1233
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On her way to a brighter future
The client spent eighteen years in a domestic violence marriage. Her dream was to live with her husband, daughter and son and build a life together. She related that she managed the first few years even though there was significant verbal abuse believing that if she provided him with everything he needed that her dream/life would be fulfilled. After five years she knew that something was wrong, but by then she had a young daughter and a new baby and afraid to be on her own. She was caught between fear of staying and fear of leaving. She was isolated from her family and she had very few friends.
Over the next years she was harassed, threatened, sexually assaulted and physical assaulted. She finally came through the doors of this agency and she has been working on her life goals since.
Last year she left the home after another domestic violence incident with her husband. She was placed in the Safehouse and is now in her own apartment and as she says “I am only looking forward.” She has shared she misses her home routine, daily contact with her son and her garden but she manages because she does not miss feeling horrible about herself every day. She has started counseling, attends Domestic Violence education and is making strides forward. She has started on the path of becoming a survivor and she realizes what a difficult, but empowering road that can be.