Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

  • Domestic violence is the use of abusive tactics and physical force to obtain and maintain power and control over a partner.
  • Domestic violence happens in all sectors of society. It happens to people of all racial, economic, and religious groups.
  • Domestic violence can include physical assault, sexual assault, emotional abuse, economic abuse and verbal abuse.
  • Domestic violence never stops on its own. Once it starts, it gets progressively worse in frequency and severity.

View power, control and equality examples (PDF).

Victim Assistance

VINE is an automated service that allows you to track an offender's custody, probation and parole, court, sex offender, or protective order status over the phone or internet. You can register to be notified by phone and email if an offender is released, transferred, escapes, or appears in court; or registered to be notified by phone and email about changes in the status of a protective order or of a registered sex offender.

Who Can Help?

View important phone numbers and resources (PDF).

Calvert County Community Resources Guide (PDF)

Real Time Resources: Live Chat; Text Message; Call a Peer Advocate; Call the Hotline

Community Education Tools: Videos; Discussion Guides; Handouts

Safety Planning

Safety Planning Brochure (PDF)

Safety Planning Pages

Safety Planning Fill-in Worksheet (PDF)

Helpful Brochures

Orders of Protection Brochure - Maryland (MD) Courts (PDF)

Extreme Risk Protective Order Brochure - MD Courts (PDF)

Domestic Violence Victim's Handbook (PDF)

Are You Hurting Your Partner Brochure (PDF)

Stalking Brochure (PDF)

Elder Abuse Brochure (PDF)

Financial Abuse Brochure (PDF)