Mission: Established in 1977, the House Of Ruth is Maryland's oldest and most comprehensive domestic violence center. We provide a safe haven for female victims of domestic violence and their children. Our efforts are to provide not only a shelter, counseling and training but to assist in educating the public. Our experts educate clergy, judges, social workers and many of Maryland's other organizations which may be involved in some way with client's who are impacted by domestic violence.
Geographic areas served: Baltimore City, Prince George's County, Montgomery County, and statewide through our 24-hour Hotline
Programs: Domestic violence legal clinic: provides initial consultation including lethality assessment and safety planning, legal information, counseling and referral, representation at protective order hearings, representation at divorce and custody hearings and criminal court accompaniment to low-income victims of domestic violence. The clinic serves victims across maryland through its seven office locations. In fy 2015, 4,188 cases were handled by staff providing legal services to victims.
client services and 24-hr hotline: provides crisis response, lethality assessment and initial access to all house of ruth programs (in english and spanish) for victims and information and referral for others through our 24-hr hotline and provides victim outreach, comprehensive needs assessment, safety planning, and traditional case management coordination of agency and community resources such as links for vicitms to safe housing, employment opportunities, medical treatment, immigrant services etc. In fy 2015, the 24-hr hotline and client services staff handled 7,141 victim and information and referral calls and provided 515 victims with service coordination.
residential shelter services are provided through the 84-bed emergency and transitional shelter and through limited hotel placements. In fy 2015, 339 adult victims and 368 children received safe, clean shelter and services including hot meals, service coordination, counseling, childcare services, health care services, basic toiletries and daily living items.
counseling, children & youth services, training, outreach & education, and abuser intervention programs.