Verizon representatives recently met with law officials in Maryland to honor local non-profit agencies who are working to fight domestic violence. Thirteen charities from across Maryland received grant money from Verizon to help raise awareness and stop domestic violence. Domestic violence is serious but often preventable, and those victimized by it have options to protect themselves.
In Maryland, more than 1,500 people died as a result of domestic violence between the years of 1987 and 2010. In America as a whole, 24 people per minute are a victim of physical violence, rape, or stalking. It is quite clear from the statistics that domestic violence is a problem that destroys families and even takes lives. The results of domestic violence can be felt physically, mentally, and psychologically for the rest of a person's life.
All of the charities who received grant money from Verizon have already announced how they will spend their money in an effort to prevent domestic violence. For example, the Anne Arundel Health system plans to use their money to train 300 health care providers in how to recognize the signs of abuse in patients. The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County Maryland will counsel adults and children weekly to assess whether or not they have post-traumatic stress disorder. The Greater Baltimore Center wants to train 200 doctors and nurses to better identify the signs of domestic abuse. Also, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault hopes to give emotional and supportive services to people who are the victims of domestic abuse.
Many of the other charities and non-profit groups in Maryland have big plans to help victims of domestic abuse. However, domestic violence is an ongoing problem, and there will always be a need for the victims and those accused of domestic violence to receive a fair hearing and appropriate legal counsel. The victims of domestic violence may find it helpful to seek legal advice to see what their rights are after their physical and emotional healing has begun. In many family law situations, courts will issue orders of protection for the benefit of those subjected to this form of abuse. Those confronting these serious issues would likely gain by seeking assistance and may take comfort in knowing they do not have to face these troubling situations alone.
Source: Annapolis Patch, "Maryland Nonprofits Awarded Grants to Combat Domestic Violence," Anna Staver, Dec. 21, 2012