The month of October is Domestic Violence Month. As the month is coming to an end, it is imperative that we continue to bring awareness to the unfortunate dynamics and response to domestic violence that occurs in today’s society. It is reported in the Domestic Violence Statistics that every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten. It is also reported that at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime. If you are being abused, it is important to do the following:
Trust your instincts
Create a safety plan
Consider contacting help such as the police, crisis center, family member, or friend
Keep a list of contact information for local shelters, family, friends, and other important resources
There are many resources out there if you are in abusive relationship. In the state of Maryland there are abuse shelters and domestic violence programs in every county, such as the House of Ruth in Baltimore that provides legal advice and representation for domestic violence cases as well as multi-cultural services and assistance. Domestic violence is real and it is happening everywhere and unfortunately often. If you are being abused or know of someone being abused please seek help. For more domestic violence referral information, domestic violence programs, abuse shelter locations, statistic information, and the tips on what to do in an abusive relationship, please follow the links below. The 24 Hour Crisis Hotline for Baltimore City/Baltimore County/Carroll County is 410-828-6390.