For a comprehensive list of off-campus resources, please visit the Retriever Courage website.
Helpline: 443-279-0379 (24/7, local agency)
TurnAround serves individuals impacted by intimate partner and sexual violence. Services include advocacy, case management, trauma therapy, shelter and community education. Individual and group counseling are available by appointment. UMBC is working to enhance our existing partnership with TurnAround to ensure that our students have access to a 24-hr confidential resource. If a community member calls the helpline and shares that they are connected to UMBC, helpline volunteers can provide more specific UMBC resources to callers.
HopeWorks of Howard County (formerly known as the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County)
24-hour Helpline: Domestic Violence – 410-997-2272/800-752-0191
24-hour Helpline: Sexual Assault – 410-997-3292
HopeWorks is a non-profit agency providing services to women, men, and children impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence in Howard County. They offer a 24-hour helpline, residential services, counseling, advocacy, and legal assistance. Services are confidential and fees are based on income.
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.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Program at GBMC
Address: 6701 N. Charles St., Emergency Department, Towson, MD 21204
The SAFE Program at GBMC is coordinated by Registered Nurses, who are specifically trained and certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing to care for victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and intimate partner violence. The program provides choices of services in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere, with specially trained staff at no cost to the patient that focuses on re-empowering our survivors in order to begin the healing process. Click here for more information about what a SAFE exam includes via RAINN’s website.
Emergency Contraception (To prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex):
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 LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care
In addition to many resources for the LGBTQ community, the LGBT Health Center offers a group for survivors of intimate partner violence focused on building effective pathways to healing, regaining strength, and connecting with other survivors in a safe and supportive environment. Initial assessments are required prior to the start of group. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 8810, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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
Other Helpful Resources:
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Crisis Helpline (for victims of nonconsensual pornography): 844-878-2274