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HomeHealthDomestic Violence Toolkit Goes Live

Domestic Violence Toolkit Goes Live

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT)  online Domestic Violence Toolkit goes live at https://aahealth.civilspace.io/en/projects/domestic-violence-toolkit. The goal of the Toolkit is to decrease the number of domestic violence incidents in Anne Arundel County and encourage victims to reach out to loved ones and local authorities for assistance. Domestic violence is a social problem that impacts the entire community. 29 Maryland residents lost their lives to domestic violence in 2019. Domestic violence impacts all socio-economic groups. 

Components of the Domestic Violence Toolkit

In addition to state and national statistics, the toolkit provides information on the warning signs of abuse; legal options that can protect victims and local community groups that work with survivors to rebuild their lives. Research shows that the presence of a gun in a domestic violence incident increases the risk of injury or fatality. Nearly 7 in 10 domestic violence-related deaths in Maryland involve a gun.

County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman said the new toolkit is one more step in the GVIT’s efforts to keep communities safer and reduce gun-related violence by addressing the link between domestic violence and guns. “Many residents may not know that women, men and young people can all be victims of domestic violence,” Kalyanaraman said. “By working with community members, law enforcement and domestic violence advocates to support evidence-based gun violence reduction policies, we can all play a role in preventing violence in our closest relationships.”

Youth Gun Safety Toolkit

A Suicide Prevention Toolkit and Youth Gun Safety Toolkit are also available from the GVIT. All toolkits can be found at https://aahealth.civilspace.io/en.

The GVIT was established on August 12, 2020, following an executive order by County Executive Steuart Pittman. The Team operates under the auspices of the Department of Health. Work is done through collaborative meetings and workgroups with over a dozen partner agencies to use a public health lens, data and community engagement to reduce gun violence.

For more information about the GVIT, email [email protected].

Get Help

If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency’s Warmline at 410-768-5522.

Domestic Violence Hotline 410-222-6800.

The hotline provides a safe and secure connection to a trained advocate to assist with the social, emotional, residential and resource needs of individuals who are victims of domestic violence. This includes options of entering the safe house, legal representation for securing a protective order, and other resources to enable an individual to immediately and permanently leave their abuser and feel protected. Reach the domestic violence hotline at 410-222-6800

National Domestic Violence Hotline  800-799-7233

Hours: 24/7. Languages: English, Spanish and 200+ through interpretation service

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