Domestic Violence

Free, confidential domestic violence services to patients, visitors and team members experiencing abuse

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence or intimate partner abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive behavior used by one partner to maintain power & control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Abuse also comes in many forms including emotional, physical, sexual, financial and medical abuse.


Examples of abusive behavior may include:

  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Denial of access to resources or money
  • Restraint of normal activities or freedom (including isolation from friends and family
  • Sexual coercion or assault
  • Threats to kill or harm
  • Physical intimidation or attacks
  • In extreme cases, domestic violence can result in the death of a partner


Who Does Domestic Violence Impact?

According to the CDC, one in four women and one and ten men have experienced contact sexual and physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. While domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, it can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender or socioeconomic status.

Contact Us

DOVE Domestic Violence Program at Northwest Hospital
Monday-Friday – 9am-5pm


Violence Response Team at Sinai Hospital


Violence Response Team at Grace Medical Center


Baltimore County Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline: (24/7 Response)

Remote video URL

Recognizing the Signs
Does your partner?

  • Humiliate you in front of others?
  • Act jealous and possessive?
  • Try to isolate you from your family and friends?
  • Throw, push, hit, choke, kick or slap you?
  • Blame you for his/her actions, promise it won't happen again, but then it does?
  • Force you to have sex when you don't want to?
  • Threaten to hurt or kill you or your children?

Contact Us

Every situation is different. Safety planning is a way to keep yourself and your children safe whether you are still with your partner or you are planning to leave. If concerned about your relationship, it is best to speak directly with an advocate to help you assess the level of danger, review options, resources and safety planning. This Options & Safety Planning sheet provides a brief overview of these topics.


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Our Services Include

24/7 Crisis Response/Medical Advocacy

For patients seeking treatment in Northwest Hospital.

Crisis Intervention

Creating a plan to stay safe, resources and referrals to other agencies, assistance with short term goal setting.

Court Accompaniment and Advocacy

Emotional support during legal proceedings for DOVE clients.

Case Management

In person empowerment sessions that includes: goal setting, safety planning, resources, education, and emotional support.

Individual Counseling

To process experiences and work on achieving goals.

Support Group

A safe place for clients to share their experiences and the impact of domestic violence on their lives and to begin the healing process.

Essential Needs

DOVE may assist with or help coordinate access to basic needs for clients actively working with our program.