Countering Domestic Violence

FCS provides a full array of services to victims of domestic violence and their children with the goal of helping families achieve safety, autonomy, and resiliency. We help victims regain control of their lives and heal from abuse. In addition to counseling, FCS offers a number of support groups for abuse victims, children, and individuals needing crisis intervention. We also work to prevent domestic violence by hosting group therapy sessions for abusive partners, which instills accountability and teaches conflict resolution skills. 
 
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines
Baltimore County: 410-828-6390 | Carroll County: 443-865-8031 | National: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)
 
Alarming Facts About Domestic Violence 
  • 1 in 3 women are at one time in their lives victims of domestic violence 
  • More women between the ages of 15-44 are injured due to domestic violence than are injured in car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined 
  • An estimated half of all women murdered in the U.S. are killed by their current or former male partner 
  • 15% of men will be victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime 
  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children witness the violence firsthand 
  • Nationwide, 50% of homeless women and children left their homes to escape domestic violence 
  • It is projected that approximately 50% of lesbian women and 25% of gay men will experience domestic violence in their life time 

Recognizing the Warning Signs 

​You may be experiencing domestic violence if your partner is: 

  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessive of you 
  • Displaying jealous behavior 
  • Constantly putting you down 
  • Reacting to you with an explosive temper or extreme mood swings 
  • Controlling your actions or decisions
  • Controlling your finances 
  • Pressuring or forcing you into unwanted sexual activity 
  • Refusing to allow medical treatment ​​
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations against you
  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission

Domestic Violence Programming

The Domestic Violence Case Management Teams, located in Carroll County and West Baltimore County, work with individuals of all ages impacted by intimate partner violence.  The Domestic Violence team offers short and long term case management, which can include safety planning, court accompaniment, legal advocacy, referrals for counseling, emergency temporary shelter, connection to community resources, support groups and a safe space to process.  The Domestic Violence program seeks to empower victims and survivors of intimate partner violence to move towards safety and self-sufficiency. Contact this program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our local hotlines, Baltimore County 410 828 6390 and Carroll County 443 865 8031.

Family and Children’s Services offers Engagement and Prevention Services, which aim to educate adolescents on healthy relationships and dating violence in school and community-based settings. The curriculum is written to encourage boundary-setting and communication, equipping adolescents to identify potential red flags, risk factors, and thorough safety planning. There are varying, age-appropriate levels to the program that are designed to reinforce current curriculum being taught in Maryland Public Schools. Staff work alongside health teachers and program administrators to target areas of concern for the adolescents of the communities served, ensuring the implementation of an engaging and effective program.

In addition to our Victims Services and our Engagement and Prevention Services, Family and Children’ Services operate Violence Intervention Programing that is designed to support change and education to primary aggressors in violent situations that occur between significant others, relatives, friends and others in the community. For more information on these programs offered in Baltimore and Carroll County, please contact 410 669 9000.

 

 

Domestic Violence Safe House

​FCS staff operates the Carroll County Domestic Violence Safe House, the only facility of its kind in the county. We work with a number of community partners including; law enforcement, the courts system, the State’s Attorney’s Office, and Carroll Community College to provide a safe haven for abused partners and their children and connect them with vital community resources.