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Off-campus Resources for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence

Not Alone
NotAlone was launched in connection with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault which was established in January 2014.
This site includes information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. There are options via the site to find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

Turn Around
Hotline: 410-828-6390 (24/7, local agency)
Helpline: 443-279-0379 (24/7, local agency)

Provides support, counseling, and information to victims of sexual assault, incest, child sexual assault, and domestic violence, regardless of sex or age. Individual and group counseling by appointment. Their office number is 410-377-8111

HopeWorks of Howard County (formerly known as the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County)
24-hour Helplines
Domestic violence – 410-997-2272/800-752-0191
Sexual assault – 410-997-3292

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County was founded in 1978, as a private non-profit comprehensive agency. The DVC is the sole provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Howard County. Being a comprehensive agency, the DVC helps all members of the family including women, children and men impacted by violence. The safety of our clients is our primary concern. The mission of the DVC is to reduce the harm and effects of domestic violence while working towards its elimination in Howard County.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network):
Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (24/7, free and confidential)

For those that prefer online support, RAINN also provides the first 24/7 a week online hotline

House of Ruth
Hotline: 410-889-RUTH (7884) (24/7, local agency)

Offers domestic violence services for women and children, including shelter, transitional housing, counseling, employment information, and legal services. 24-hour hotline provides confidential counseling, entry to shelter, referrals to counseling programs. Group support and individual counseling available for residents and nonresident women. Legal services available for shelter and for non-shelter victims in civil and criminal cases, including Orders of Protection, child custody, financial support. Services are provided to any battered women or children. Batterer’s Counseling Program available.

Emergency Contraception (To prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex):
1-877-99-GO-4-EC (1-877-99-994-6432)

Emergency contraception can be obtained through Planned Parenthood (1-877-99-GO-4-EC). This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their staff can refer you to the closest Planned Parenthood location, and they can provide you with general information about emergency contraception. In addition, you can speak to a trained staff clinician about getting emergency contraception through an over-the-phone prescription that is picked up at a nearby pharmacy or at a Planned Parenthood clinic near you. (This service involves a consultation fee.)

The GLBT National Help Center:

Provides free and confidential support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people, and those with questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity through two national, toll-free hotlines and an Online Peer-Support Chat program, which allows private, one-on-one instant messaging (IM) with a trained peer-counselor, directly on the website. Provides factual information about GLBT issues, safer-sex info, local resources for cities and towns across the country and peer-counseling for people going through a difficult time. All volunteer peer-counselors are either gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men

24-hour hotline operated by staff and trained volunteers to offer information and crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence.

Grassroots Emergency Assistance Hotline

Individuals may call for a variety of reasons including suicide, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness or depression, and chemical dependency issues, among others. Callers may remain anonymous.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This is a free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-422-4453 or 1-800-422-0009