In Montgomery County, it is an opportunity for leaders and residents to discuss prevention, education and how victims can get help. On Monday, county leaders, public safety officials and community members gathered outside the Montgomery County Family Justice Center in Rockville for an awareness month kickoff event. They re-asserted their dedication to helping victims of domestic violence, an issue that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheriff Darren Popkin said the Family Justice Center has seen a 5% increase in clients over the past year as well as reported abuses that are far more severe. Popkin said service providers doubled down on their efforts and the center also expanded virtual services like telehealth counseling and virtual attorney meetings.
County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the Family Justice Center is here to serve residents and help overcome barriers that keep them trapped in domestic violence situations. He said residents can get help regardless of immigration status.
The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is located at 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 500, in Rockville. Per the center’s website, all services are free and offered in any language. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome. Anyone who is currently experiencing or who has experienced domestic violence is eligible for help. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m and the center’s phone number is 240-773-0444.