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Women’s Commission Seeks Community Input

Symposium

The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women has made addressing domestic violence issues a primary focus.

Statistics indicate that one in four women have experienced violence in an intimate relationship.

Domestic violence has long been considered a private matter — not anyone else’s business. It is our business: our neighbors, our families, our schools, our churches, and our places of employment. It affects the wealthy and poor alike, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender; and it affects not only adults but also children. Domestic violence impacts the entire community.

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.

Since statistics tell us that women between 18 and 24 are the most vulnerable, we continue to work diligently to help young people learn the warning signs. For the past several years, the Commission for Women has partnered with the public schools to educate youth about developing healthy relationships that they can carry into adulthood. The commission is currently collaborating with the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s Violence, Injury and Trauma Task Force to inform youth and their parents about the warning signs and dangers of unhealthy relationships.

A Commission for Women member serves on the Family Violence Coordinating Council, a group of the many agencies that provide service to victims in the county. This affiliation allows the commission to stay informed of current needs, resources, and statistics in St. Mary’s.

This complex issue requires and deserves a multifaceted approach. The commission is asking community members, victims, or friends to share their experiences and concerns. The commission would like to know what resources or services would make the journey out of abuse easier and safer.

Share ideas. Contact a Commission for Women member by:

  • Phone 301-475-4200, ext.1680, and leave a message. Calls will be returned.
  • Send an email to commissionforwomen@stmarysmd.com.
  • Contact the commission here.
  • Mail to St. Mary’s County Commission for Women, PO Box 659, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Anyone in an abusive situation who needs immediate help should contact yhe Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy at 301-373-4141 or call 911.

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