Connecting Our Community: The Family Justice Center

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. On this episode of Connecting Our Community you will get some great information about the great work going on in Montgomery County to combat domestic violence locally.

Host Pat Shoemaker speaks with Sheriff Darren Popkin and Cheryl Kravitz  about key signs, actions we can take and the work of The Family Justice Center.

Signs of Domestic Violence

  1. Physical Abuse: IE:Hitting, Slapping, Kicking,
  2. Verbal Abuse: IE:Constant criticism, Mocking,
  3. Sexual Abuse: IE:Forcing sex
  4. Isolation:IE:  Controlling where the victim goes, Destroying the victim’s passport
  5. Coercion:IE: Making the victim feel guilty
  6. Harassment:IE: Following or stalking
  7. Economic Control:IE: Refusing to give the victim money
  8. Abusing Trust:IE: Lying, Being overly jealous
  9. Threats and Intimidation: IE:Threatening harm to victim or children
  10. Emotional Withholding: IE: Not respecting the victim’s feelings, and opinions
  11. Destruction of Property:IE: Throwing or breaking things
  12. Self-Destructive Behaviors:IE: Threatening self-harm or suicide

Remember if there is an emergency:  Call 911.

For assistance 24 – 7  contact the  National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).

For more information or to contact the Family Justice Center you can visit their website:

or call 240.773.0444 .

Be sure to watch this important, informative episode.

Connecting Our Community airs weekly every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on cable Channel 21 or online at


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