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Chapter 3-B: Domestic Violence


Related Topics: Child Abuse and Neglect | Counseling: Individual, Group and Family | Domestic Violence Crisis Shelters | Legal Rights and Resources | Substance Abuse


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Any violence which occurs in the family is considered domestic violence. Spouse abuse is a form of domestic violence which occurs between people who are married or living together. If you live in a family where there is domestic violence or spouse abuse, you can be affected by it even if you are not directly involved. It helps to talk to someone who knows how to handle this very serious problem.


In an emergency, get to a safe place. Call 911 or the 24 hour Baltimore County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline 410-828-6390 immediately.




Baltimore County Department of Social Services - Family Violence Unit
If  an emergency involving child or adult safety or abandoned children, call 911 or Baltimore County/Carroll County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline 410-828-6390.
To report suspected child or adult abuse or neglect, call 410-853-3000 or Baltimore County/Carroll County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline 410-828-6390. 
Family Violence Unit Office: 410-853-3030
Provides court accompaniment for domestic violence victims to assist and support victims as they go through the criminal justice process. A court advocate may accompany victim to court for a domestic violence case and introduce you to the State's Attorney and assist you in navigating the court process. Referrals to Abuser Intervention Services are made directly through the Family Violence Unit/Baltimore County Department of Social Services, as an outcome of a judicial proceeding where the judge orders the perpetrator to receive treatment for the violence they have committed. Contact Domestic Violence Referral Program, 410-853-3030.


Baltimore County Police Department
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286
For emergencies call 911 or the Baltimore County/Carroll County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline: 410-828-6390
General information: 410-887-2214 They will respond to your call and take the necessary actions to ensure your safety. They will also provide you with information concerning what you can do to further your right to safety from violence.


 Learn more about filing criminal charges against an abuser and  filing for protection or in order to enforce a Temporary or Final Protective Order. If criminal charges are to be filed after contacting the police, file the criminal charge with a District Court Commissioner. If the Commissioner refuses to charge the abuser, call the State's Attorney Office - Family Violence Unit, 410-887-6610 to have them review the case.


Adelante Familia
3734 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
A bilingual program that provides domestic violence victim support and counseling, crisis intervention, and abuser intervention to Spanish-speaking immigrant families in Baltimore Metro Area.


Chana (Counseling, Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women)
101 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Helpline: 410-234-0023
Aids individuals in the Jewish community who are victims of domestic violence by providing support, counseling and assistance. Helpline provides information about the dynamics of domestic violence, safety planning, counseling, and referrals to community resources.  Offers individual counseling, at no cost, and weekly support groups for Jewish women to share their own experiences; operates a Kosher Safehouse for women and their children who are in crisis and need to be away from their abusive partner/parent and provides pro bono and reduced-fee legal services by volunteer lawyers.


Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland - Woodlawn Office
7000 Security Boulevard Suite 302
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
Individual and group domestic violence counseling for male and female victims and their children. Court accompaniment, case management, crisis intervention, outreach and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence are available. Child abuse treatment services available. Children’s support groups and crisis intervention groups are also held. Abusers participate in group educational programs.


Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc.
P.O. Box 3909
10 Dunmanway
Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Office: 410-285-4357
24 hours, 7 days Baltimore County/Carroll County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline 410-828-6390
Individual, group and family counseling for persons experiencing family conflict and violence. Their Victims Advocacy Program provides crisis intervention, telephone counseling, safety planning, court room accompaniment, hospital accompaniment, legal advocacy, and victim support groups to adult victims of domestic violence whether residing in the Emergency Safe Shelter or in the community.


  • Emergency Safe Shelter provides 90 days of anonymous safe shelter to adult and child victims of domestic who are forced to flee their homes to avoid further conflict or violence. Call Shelter Director, 410-285-7496, 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Service is free of charge. Transitional Shelter provides 6 month of extended Safe Shelter services to victims of domestic violence who have resided in the Emergency Safe Shelter and have demonstrated both the need and the capability of benefiting from the extended stay.


  • Abuser Intervention Programs (New Behaviors Groups and Healthy Relationship Groups) provide intensive psych-educational intervention groups for those family members who have been the perpetrators of violence in their families. Referrals for the Abuser Intervention Service are made directly through the Family Violence Unit/Baltimore County Department of Social Services, as an outcome of a judicial proceeding where the judge orders the perpetrator to receive treatment for the violence they have committed. Perpetrators may self refer themselves to the New Behaviors Group only. For self-referral call 410-285-4357. Fees for this service are determined on a sliding scale (income/dependents).


Family Tree
2108 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
24 hours, 7 days statewide Parenting HelpLine: 800-243-7337
Office: 410-889-2300
The Parenting HelpLine is a free, volunteer-based service that provides support, crisis intervention and resource information to all family members and caregivers during times of crisis and stress. Provides consultation regarding parent stress management and child behavior management. Has parent support groups for parents and caregivers under stress and offers Positive Parenting Program, a 12 week interactive workshop series on parenting skills with corollary in-home parent aides.


Greater Baltimore Medical Center - Domestic Violence Program
6701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Connects victims of domestic violence, male or female, to local resources as well as providing specialized care in the hospital setting.


House of Ruth
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Hotline: 410-889-RUTH (7884)  24 hours, 7 days a week
Offers domestic violence services for women and children, including shelter, transitional housing, counseling, employment information and legal services. 24-hour hotline provides confidential counseling, entry to shelter, referrals to counseling programs. Group support and individual counseling available for residents and nonresident women. Legal services available for shelter and for non-shelter victims in civil and criminal cases, including Orders of Protection, child custody, financial support. Services are provided to any battered women or children. Batterer's Counseling Program available.


National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233), TTY 1-800-787-3224.
24 hours, 7 days a week hotline available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 140 languages through interpreter services.


Northwest Hospital Center - Domestic Violence Program
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
As a potential first responder to victims of domestic violence, the program facilitates routine screening for domestic violence within Emergency Department and hospital-wide. Provides for early identification and complete injury documentation. Victims receive crisis counseling, information on safety assessment and planning, shelter availability, legal options and continuing support services, including Women's Relationship Support Group.


Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Program (SAFE)
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
6701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Specially trained forensic nurses provide care to victim of sexual assault, collect forensic evidence and help coordinate counseling and support services. Private and confidential office and exam space. Only hospital in Baltimore County with a unit dedicated to treating adult (age 13+) victims. Victims are referred to the program by criminal justice agencies, emergency medical services personnel, private physicians and healthcare organizations. No charge if police report is filed. Victims may enter the Emergency Department independently seeking treatment for alleged sexual assault. Individuals not wishing to file a police report are seen by Emergency Dept staff and are billed following normal hospital procedure.


Sinai Hospital - Family Violence Program
2402 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
The program provides ongoing individual or group counseling, crisis intervention, and referrals to community resources for victims and their children. The Family Violence Program (FVP) trains medical providers to identify and assess victims of domestic violence when they enter the health care setting.


Call 410-377-8111 for appointment
Baltimore County/Carroll County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline: 410-828-6390, 24 hours, 7 days
Provides individual and group counseling by appointment for adult, teenage and child victims of domestic violence, rape, incest and sexual assault/abuse as well as their families. Offers temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.  Abuser Intervention Program, primarily a court-ordered program for domestic violence offenders, that follows a national model is available


  • Rosedale
    Eastern Family Resource Center
    9100 Franklin Square Drive Room 317
    Baltimore, Maryland 21237


  • Towson
    401 Washington Avenue, Suite 300
    Towson, Maryland 21204


Revised: May 9, 2017