domestic violence

February 17, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Choose Respect Montgomery Promotes Domestic Violence Awareness Video Contest

The 12th annual Choose Respect Montgomery video contest is now accepting submissions from middle and high school students. The contest challenges students to create a 60-second public service announcement (PSA) video to promote awareness of dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. Students in grades six through 12 are eligible to participate in the contest […]

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November 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Number of Residents Using Victim Services Nearly Doubled Compared to 2019

Montgomery County resident use of domestic and sexual violence victim services under the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) nearly doubled this year compared to 2019 data. Intakes for the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) and the Abused Persons Program (APP) were 91% higher between Jan.-June 2020 than they were between […]

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November 17, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Officers Arrest Silver Spring Man Linked to Suspected Domestic Violence

A Silver Spring man was arrested Thursday, Nov. 12 after fleeing the scene of a possible domestic violence incident. Montgomery County Police were called to the 800 block of Easley Street in Silver Spring after a witness told 911 responders that a woman was asking to use a phone. The witness, concerned for the victim, […]

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October 13, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

UPDATE: Gaithersburg Domestic-Related Shooting Now a Homicide

Update (Oct. 13): Montgomery County Police detectives say the September 17 domestic-related shooting in Gaithersburg is being investigated as a homicide. Police say 41-year-old Allen L. Price Jr. was initially arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder for shooting his 45-year-old wife inside their home located on the 19400 block of Sandy Lake Drive in […]

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August 24, 2020 | Staff Writer

Studio 501c3: Court Watch Montgomery

Kim Jones hosts Studio 501c3, a show that focuses on the nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County working to build supportive communities every day. This episode features Carolyn Hoffmann, executive director of Court Watch Montgomery, a nonprofit that collects and analyzes data on the court’s handling of domestic violence cases. Their mission is to reduce partner violence […]

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May 13, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign Answers Increased Calls for Help

It’s been about three weeks since the Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign launched in Montgomery County. The goal is to address the concern for people who might be in violent circumstances while quarantined at home. County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council leaders say since the campaign launched, there’s been an increase in calls for help […]

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April 27, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

New Campaign Offers Resources for Family Violence Victims

The number of domestic violence related cases has increased in Montgomery County during the shutdown. According to Montgomery County Police, the department reports a 25% uptick in domestic violence case assignments. The County Executive and law enforcement leaders recently launched the Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign to provide resources for people in need. The new […]

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April 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

New Campaign Aims to Help Victims of Family Violence During Shutdown

Montgomery County officials are well aware of the growing problem of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Marc Elrich and a variety of other county leaders launched a new Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign on Thursday during a virtual media briefing. Among those on board are MCPD, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, […]

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April 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise, Numbers Have Yet to Peak

The county currently is experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, according to Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. However, the number of cases has not yet peaked, he said during a wide-ranging virtual community briefing on the pandemic late Thursday afternoon. The peak could come “as soon as this weekend, as […]

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March 30, 2020 | Joe Yasharoff

With People at Home More, Domestic Violence Cases On the Rise

According to psychologist Gabriela Romo, the sudden closure, drastic changes within homes, stress from job loss, fear of acquiring the coronavirus, and uncertainty about what may happen is causing an increase in cases of domestic violence between partners and child abuse. Dr. Romo also warns that despite the difficult quarantine situation, possible victims of domestic violence […]

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