On Monday, October 18th, St. Mary’s County’s Commission for Women announced an initiative to gather input from community members on domestic violence resources and services. The announcement serves, in part, as an acknowledgment of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Commission for Women currently provides education to youth in public schools regarding the development of healthy relationships. In a collaboration with the St. Mary’s Health Department’s Violence, Injury and Trauma Task Force, it also informs youth and their parents about the warning signs and dangers of unhealthy relationships. In a press release, the Commission further elaborated on its domestic violence focus:
In 2017, the Maryland Commission for Women held a listening tour to determine what issues most concern the women of our state. Domestic Violence was the number one issue identified. In St. Mary’s County, it was also the number one issue of concern.
Community members, victims, or friends willing to share their thoughts can contact the Commission through several means:
- Phone: 301-475-4200, ext.1680, and leave a message
- Email: email@example.com
- Social Media: www.facebook.com/StMarysCountyCommissionforWomen/
- Mail: St. Mary’s County Commission for Women, P.O. Box 659, Leonardtown, MD 20650
For those in need of immediate help, please contact The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy at 301-373-4141 or call 911.