Between 2 and 4 million women are annually victimized by domestic violence. Most children in homes in which domestic violence occurs witness that abuse and suffer secondary psychological effects, including aggressive behavior and depression. Male children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves as adults, creating a vicious, intergenerational cycle of violent behavior. (ABA Domestic Violence Commission)


If you need help or someone you know is experiencing or in some way involved in domestic violence please recognize that there are measures to take in order to prevent further harm. If you are a victim of violence we strongly urge you to devise a safety plan for a time of extreme emergency, and the following list of Domestic Shelters will be a great start for obtaining help and vital information.

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Maryland Domestic Violence Shelters:


  • Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence 11501 Georgia Ave., #403 Silver Spring MD 20902 (301)942-0900

  • Arden House 1517 Ritchie Highway Arnold MD 21012 Business #: 410-626-7800 Hotline/Crisis:410-222-6800

  • Family and Children's Services of Central MD West Baltimore County Office 7131 Liberty Rd. Baltimore MD 21207 Business #: 410-281-1334 Hotline/Crisis: 410-828-6390

  • Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc. P.O. Box 3909 Baltimore MD 21224 Business #: 410-285-4357

  • House of Ruth, Inc. 2201 Argonne Drive Baltimore MD 21218 Business #: 410-889-0840 Hotline/Crisis: 889-7884

  • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center 6229 North Charles Street Baltimore MD 21212 Business #: 410-377-8111 Hotline/Crisis: 410-828-6390

  • Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc. 48 E. Gordon St. Bel Air MD 21014 Business #: 410-836-8430 Hotline/Crisis: 836-8430

  • Abused Persons Program 4905 Del Ray Avenue, #200 Dethesda MD 20895 Business #: 301-986-5885 Hotline/Crisis: 301-654-1881

  • St. Mary's Women's Center P.O. Box 415 California MD 20619 Business #: 301-862-3636

  • Walden - Sierra, Inc. P.O. Box 1238 California MD 20619 Business #: 301-863-6688 Hotline/Crisis: 301-863-6661

  • Family Crisis Center, Inc. of Prince George's City 3611 43rd Avenue Colmar Manor MD 20722 Business #: 301-779-2100 Hotline/Crisis: 301-864-9191

  • Domestic Violence Center of Howard Cnty, Inc. 8950 Rt. 108, Suite 116 Columbia MD 21045 Business #: 410-997-0304 Hotline/Crisis: 410-997-2272

  • Family Crisis Resource Center, Inc. 153 Baltimore Street, 3rd Floor Cumberland MD 21502 Business #: 301-759-9246 Hotline/Crisis: 301-759-9244

  • Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Inc. P.O. Box 5 Denton MD 21629 Business #: 410-479-1149 Hotline/Crisis: 410-822-5276 Toll Free #: (800)927-HOPE

  • The Unity Group, Inc. P.O. Box 753 Eldersburg MD 21784 Business #: 410-795-4849

  • Cecil County Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Pro. P.O. Box 2137 Elkton MD 21922 Business #: 410-996-0444 Hotline/Crisis: 410-996-0444

  • Heartly House, Inc. P.O. Box 831 Frederick MD 21705 Business #: 301-662-8800 Hotline/Crisis: 301-662-8800

  • Citizen's Assisting & Sheltering the Abused CASA 116 West Baltimore Street Hagerstown MD 21740 Business #: 301-739-4990 Hotline/Crisis: 301-739-8975

  • Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Resource Ctr. P.O. Box 531 Oakland MD 21550 Business #: 301-334-9000 Hotline/Crisis: 301-334-9000 Toll Free #: (800)894-DVSA

  • Abused Persons Program/Calvert County Health Dept P.O. Box 980 Prince Frederick MD 20678 Business #: 410-535-5400 Hotline/Crisis: 410-535-1121 Toll Free #: (301)855-1075

  • Life Crisis Center, Inc. P.O. Box 387 Salisbury MD 21803 Business #: 410-749-0632 Hotline/Crisis: 410-749-HELP Toll Free #: (800)422-0009

  • ACTS Ministry Inc. Marth's Place Martha's Place 40 East Burke Ave. Towson MD 21204 Business #: 410-825-8773

  • Domestic Violence Program, Family & Children's Srv 22 North Court St. Westminster MD 21157 Business #: 410-876-1233 Hotline/Crisis: 410-857-0077

  • Center for Abused Persons 4305 Charles Crossing Dr. White Plains MD 20695 Business #: 301-645-8994 Hotline/Crisis: 301-645-3336



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