The Mission of Our Lady of Mercy Church Domestic Violence Outreach is threefold.
- First, to raise awareness of domestic violence throughout our parish.
- Second, to connect the victim and/or abuser to services, such as counseling and shelter
- Third, to advocate for the prevention of domestic violence. Girls and boys, young women and young men must learn to recognize the elements of unhealthy and healthy relationships. This is accomplished through education at home, in the parish, and in schools.
Did you know that abuse can take many forms?
- Emotional treatment
- Sexual assault
- Digital abuse
- Physical Force or injury
- Has your partner ever thretened to harm you, himself/herself, children, relatives, and/or family pets?
- Has your partner attempted to strangle you?
- Has your partner abused you during pregnancy?
- Has your partner stalked you?
Before a domestic violence crisis occurs, make a safety plan:
tash some cash, spare keys, prescriptions
pparel for you and your children
inancial records, bank books, important papers
scape plan (police, friends, motel, shelter)
elephone numbers for help
ou deserve to be safe!
Click here for a downloadable Safety Plan Checklist!
APP (Abused Persons Program)
240-777-4195 (day) 240-777-4673 (HOPE) 24/7 crisis line
APS (Adult Protective Services)
CPS (Child Protective Services)
Crisis Center (Montgomery County, 24/7
FJC (Family Justice Center)
Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)
AWARE: Adolescents Working for Awesome Relationship Experiences
National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 (24 hr)
Love is Respect
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Referral Hotline: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
1-800-MD HELPS (1-800-634-3577)
"When I call for Help" (Statement of the US Catholic Bishops)
Good News from the MD Network Against Domestic Violence!
The 2017 MD General Assembly Session passed 10 bills that were supported by the MNADV.
Click here to visit their website and get the details of these important new pieces of legislation.