Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness for those issues. Over the last three decades, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.
The Calvert County Commission for Women was founded in 1976 to improve opportunities for women and girls. The Crisis Intervention Center began services in 1984 as a result of advocacy from the Commission for Women and support from other agencies and citizens. They provide comprehensive services, counseling, and liaison for victims of crime, family violence, and sexual assaults, as well as networking with law enforcement, social services, the judicial system, and school and medical personnel.
The Calvert County Commission for Women and the Crisis Intervention Center are working together to raise awareness, with displays and events, to end domestic violence in Calvert County. They want victims to know that they are not alone and need not suffer in silence. They can join together to support each other, heal wounds and rebuild their families.
Domestic violence damages our communities, weakens our county’s foundation and hurts those we love the most. It can affect anyone. It crosses all ethnic, racial, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religious, and socio-economic barriers, hurting more than four million women, children and families. More than three million children are exposed to family violence each year, making it likely that they will become adult offenders and/or victims.
Survivors of domestic violence need access to supportive services to assist them in their escape from the cycle of abuse, and should not fear the stigma of speaking out. Every person has the right to be safe and secure in their own home. And the community must stand up against domestic violence. We must educate ourselves, our youth, and other community members to recognize the signs and stop the cycles of domestic violence. It is the hope of all involved to eliminate domestic violence in Calvert County through education, awareness, community support, with collaboration among individuals, community groups, law enforcement, and other government agencies.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their meeting on October 2, 2018. They urged all citizens to actively support efforts to end domestic violence, and prevent harm to women, children, families and our communities.
10TH Annual Candlelight Vigil and Honorees Ceremony will be held Tuesday October 16th 2018 at 7:00 pm at Harriet E. Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick, MD.
To find out more about support services, please visit https://www.calverthealth.org/personalhealth/crisisintervention/.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon