Montgomery County Family Justice Center

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS

Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for victims of abuse, home is often the most dangerous place to be. 
The abuser will now have more opportunities to exert power and control. 
Factsheet:  Intimate partner volence during the COVID-19 Pandemic
and how you can help
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The Family Justice Center remains OPEN during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
   Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm
   Anyone seeking domestic violence-related assistance can:

​​​​     During non-business hours, call the Crisis Center at 240-777-4000.
   In the event of an emergency situation, please dial 911.

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El Centro de Justicia Familiar permanece ABIERTO durante la crisis de salud pública de el COVID-19.  
   De Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
   Si necesita asistencia relacionada con la violencia doméstica, puede:
   Fuera de horario laboral , llame al Centro de Crisis al 240-777-4000.
   En caso de una emergencia, por favor marque 911
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Resources during the COVID-19 Health Crisis
  • What is intimate partner violence
  • Services Available (all are at no cost):
    • The Montgomery County Family Justice Center - Mon-Fri, 8;30 - 5:00 pm
      Assistance with safety planning, protective orders, legal assistance, counseling.
      Call 240-773-0444
      Email safe@montgomerycountymd.gov (checked during business hours)
      Walk-in to 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 500 in Rockville
    • Montgomery County Abused Persons Program - Mon-Fri, 8:30 - 5:00 pm
      Assistance with advocacy and counseling
      240-777-4195
    • The Montgomery County Crisis Center (24 hours)
      Help with crisis situations, and coordinates shelter placement
      Call 240-777-4000
    • District Court Commissioner’s Office (24 hours)
      File for Protective Orders
      191 East Jefferson St in Rockville
    • The Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) 
      • 240-777-1355
      • vasap@montgomerycountymd.gov.
    • Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center has specialized medical care and forensic services
      • 9901 Medical Center Drive, Rockville
      • 240-826-6225
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hours)
      Call 800-799-7233
      Chat at thehotline.org
      Text LOVEIS to 22522
    • As always, those in immediate danger who need emergency assistance should dial 911.
  • What are Child Abuse  and Neglect
  • How You Can Help Someone Who Is Being Abused or Neglected
  • Child abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic and how you can help:
    During this time of increased stress and uncertainty, there is a possibility that incidents of abuse and neglect could increase. But there is also the possibility, that by reaching (safely) out to our neighbors and providing comfort, love, and support that we can build the strength of those families, and in turn, those communities, and prevent abuse from happening. Here are some ideas (from https://www.preventchildabuseny.org/):
    • Know who lives in your neighborhood and check in on those who may need your help, preferably through notes, phone calls, or texts. Offer a kind word, to share from your toilet paper stash or have your kids draw pictures or make art projects for elderly neighbors.
    • If you know you are in good health and have not been exposed to anyone with the virus, offer to help with child care for a parent who does not have any resources.
    • Create groups on social media or through FaceTime for your neighborhood, your schools, and your kids' friends. Maintain social contact through these avenues.
    • Send a card or a note to brighten up someone's day.
  • Services Available:
    • To report suspected child abuse, contact Montgomery County Child Welfare Services:
    • The Tree House Child Advocacy Center provides services for child abuse victims at 240-777-4699. 
    • To talk, chat or text an advocate if you know someone is being abused, or if you are being abused contact ChildHelp.org:
    • The Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP)
    • Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center has specialized medical care and forensic services:
      • 9901 Medical Center Drive, Rockville
      • 240-826-6225
    • As always, those in immediate danger who need emergency assistance should dial 911.

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