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Statistics on Domestic Violence Deaths In Maryland

June 29, 2010

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) released a report on individuals who died as a result of domestic violence during FY 2009 in Maryland.  The report gives us information on who the victims were, their relationship to the offender, their age range, how they were killed, and where in Maryland this took place.

Baltimore County had the highest number of deaths as a result of domestic violence, with 12. Baltimore City had 10 deaths, and Price George’s County had 8.

These deaths grimly reveal the challenge that the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County and other domestic violence agencies face as they attempt, with diminished funding and growing demand for services, in our efforts to intervene and provide safety for the families of Baltimore County.

Click on the more button below to see the full report. (more…)


Family Crisis Center to Celebrate 30th Anniversary with Gala

April 20, 2010

The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Friday, June 18th, 2010
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore

The event will take place at 7PM at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, by the inner harbor. (See a map)

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting our event page, or by calling 410-285-4357. Tickets are $75.

We hope that you will join us this June for a night of good food, drinks, dancing, and helping a good cause. There will also be a silent auction, with some great items.

Visit our event page on Facebook!

We’d like to thank our Gala Sponsors


Maryland Domestic Violence Statistics

March 10, 2010

The National Network To End Domestic Violence takes one 24 hour period each year to complete a 24 hour census of domestic violence shelters and services throughout the nation.

In Maryland, during that 24 hour period, there were 1,082 victims served.  To quote the census:

483 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.

599 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.

Below are links to the full results for Maryland, and the nation:

Maryland results

National results

Long Time Supporter, Patapsco Bank, Profiled

January 19, 2010

The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County has been supported over the years by Patapsco Bank, and their employees. From holding fundraisers, to helping out the shelter during the holidays, this 100 year old Dundalk based bank has continued to support the Family Crisis Center.

The Baltimore Sun did an interesting profile on Michael Dee, president and CEO of Patapsco Bank. You can read it here.

The article talks about how Patapsco Bank gives back to the community.

The bank supports the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County with fundraising events throughout the year. Currently the staff pays $5 to wear casual clothes or Ravens attire on Fridays, with the money going into a fund for the crisis center, an employee-chosen charity.

The Family Crisis Center is gracious of Patapsco Bank’s continued support!

FCC Board President Grand Marshal of Parade

July 2, 2009

The President of the Board of the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Scott Holupka, is the Grand Marshal of this year’s 75th Dundalk Heritage Independence Day Parade, which is held on July 4th.  Here is an article from the Dundalk Eagle.

holupkaScott Holupka will be seeing the annual Dundalk Heritage Independence Day Parade from a new perspective this year: seated and riding.

The 2009 grand marshal of the parade is more accustomed to walking along the parade route carrying a bucket.

“It will be very different,” Holupka said. “This is the first time I’ve ridden in the parade. My voice won’t be as hoarse from shouting for donations.

“A part of me wants to have a bucket with me. But I can’t get out of the car, so that would make it more difficult.”

Holupka, a member of the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. board of directors and president of the Greater Dundalk Community Council, is the 2009 Dundalk Citizen of the Year and one of the two 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for Dundalk High School.

The 1977 Dundalk High School graduate is also on the board of directors of the Baltimore County Family Crisis Center and is a senior research associate with the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies.

Holupka helped create the DRC in 2001. He was the first president of the organization and continues to play a major role in Dundalk revitalization plans.

Being grand marshal of the parade will help him in another way besides sparing wear and tear on his voice and feet.

“This is the first time in eons I’ll actually be able to see the entire parade,” he said. “As part of the parade, you don’t get to see all of it, but as grand marshal, you see it all from the review stand.”

Click here for a link to the full article.

Video – Expert Warns Of More Familicides

April 23, 2009

familicideTerry Owens, of ABC 2 in Baltimore, speaks with domestic violence expert Dr. Richard Gelles who warns of a coming surge in domestic violence, child abuse, and “familicide”.

Click here to see a video of the interview and read the full article.

Maryland House Delegates Discuss Protective Orders

March 11, 2009

An article in today’s Sun by Julie Bykowicz discussed Maryland Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn’s opposition to a House bill that would have erased the public records of some protective orders.

Below is a portion of the article.

From her seat on the floor of the House of Delegates, a freshman lawmaker from Baltimore rose yesterday to address her colleagues, not as one of them but as a domestic violence victim opposing a measure that would have erased public records of some protective orders.

Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, a 57-year-old Democrat, told lawmakers that her husband had horrifically beaten her years ago. She said abuse victims have plenty of reasons not to go to court. In her case, she said, her husband threatened to kill her children. The delegates were considering allowing the subjects of protective orders to have their records expunged if a temporary order is not made final, which can happen if an accuser does not come to court.

Click here to read the full article.

UPDATE: Domestic Violence Bill Resurrected.  Click here to read the updates.