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Domestic Violence Center - Howard County

Domestic violence follows a pattern of assault that includes physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse that devastates an individual’
AddressColumbia, MD 21045-
Phone(410) 997-0304
Mourn, Celebrate and Connect:
A Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Domestic Violence in Howard County
Domestic violence follows a pattern of assault that includes physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse that devastates an individual’s dignity, security and humanity. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Across the nation, local communities engage in various campaigns and events to raise more awareness about this social issue as publicly as possible. Community members are invited to join the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County in honoring those who have experienced abuse by a partner or a member ones family or household. Come with family, friends and colleagues to join us at the DVV Candlelight Vigil set for Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Howard County Library’s East Columbia Branch (6600 Cradlerock Way, 21045). Guest speakers and survivors will speak about their experiences and share thoughts about the kind of coordinated community response the residents of Howard County deserve. Our goal is to mourn those we have lost to domestic violence, celebrate those who have found safety from the abuse, and connect with survivors and their friends, family and advocates to provide the best coordinated response to domestic violence in our community. Together, we strive to send an unwavering message to abusers that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our county.

We are proud to announce new leadership at the agency! Krista McKee has been named the new President/CEO of the DVC (formerly titled Executive Director).
For the past eight months, McKee has served as Assistant Director at the DVC, and brings 27 years, of education leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Since 2006, has [...]
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The DVC is proud to announce that starting July 1, 2010, the Center will begin providing sexual assault and child abuse services in partnership with Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and The Family Tree.
New services that the DVC will provide include a separate 24-hour sexual assault helpline, counseling for victims of child abuse, and [...]

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County would like to announce the resignation of Executive Director Jodi Finkelstein. Ms. Finkelstein has dedicated 6-years of service to the Howard County community and the mission of the DVC, and will be with the Center until September 30, 2010.
The Board of Directors has established a Transition Committee [...]

The Verizon Foundation has granted the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County (DVC) $23,000 to provide staff support for the DVC Residential Department.
The DVC is truly thankful and appreciative of all the support Verizon has given us over the years, said Jodi Finkelstein, DVC executive director. Without the company we would not be able to [...]

There was a point in my life where I had reached rock bottom, I felt worthless and a complete failure as a person, mother, and wife: I was empty. While at the DVC Safehouse my small son reminded me there was hope by telling me, Mommy, I love you. It will be alright. With support [...]

The DVC offers many programs and services that make a difference in individuals lives who are experiencing abuse. One of these services is our 24-hour Helpline. The 24-hour Helpline is staffed by volunteers who give their time and talents to offer resources and assistance to callers reaching out for services.
Our helpline could not function without [...]

According to national statistics, 1 in 3 teens will be in an abusive relationship. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and you can support this important month by learning more about our teen services or even schedule a presentation to teach teens ways to recognize a potentiallyabusive relationship. Learn more about National [...]

Help the DVC recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October by joining our first annual Friends for Hope Campaign!
We are looking for the help of local Howard County businesses to raise funds for the many life-saving services of the DVC during the month of October. However the money is raised is up to you! It is our hope your clients, patrons, staff, and friends get involved in the campaign and help spread the word about Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Since your business will be helping raise awareness and money for the DVC, we want to help do the same for you! We have partnered with to help the business that raises the most funds receive an exclusive listing with! isthe premieronline video directory in that connects locally owned businesses to their community in a social media climate. Thousands of consumers can be reached through video, weekly deals, community interaction, and more!
The business that raises the most money for the DVC will receive:

60 second promotional video showcasing you and your business on the video directory – valued at $549
1-year membership, which includes search engine optimization on our site,your own customizablewebsite, and the ability to offer weekly deals and coupons to consumers! - valued at $29.99/month
Article in the DVC monthly e-newsletter Connections

By participating in this campaign YOU can help us move our clients from crisis to hope, and ensure their home is a safe place in the future. All proceeds from this campaign will directly impact our client services.
For more information about the Friends for Hope Campaign and how to get involved please contact PJ Glennon at or 410-997-0304.

With the support of the 2010 Hope Bowlers, sponsors, donors, DVC staff and Board of Directors, more than $32,000 was raised at the 4th annual Hope Bowl! The generosity of these individuals not only helped raise funds for client services, but brought light to the issue of domestic violence and the DVC services.
Throughout the night [...]

Gather your friends, family, and co-workers for a fun-filled night of bowling and raising funds for the DVC!
Learn more about the Hope Bowl!


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