Northwest Hospital Domestic Violence Program

The DOVE Program 410-496-7555 (Business Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Baltimore County Domestic Violence & 

Sexual Assault Hotline: 410-828-6390 (24/7 Response)

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Understanding What Domestic Violence Is:

Domestic violence or intimate partner abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive behavior used by one partner to maintain power & control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Abuse also comes in many forms including emotional, physical, sexual, financial, and medical abuse.

Examples of abusive behavior may include:

  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Denial of access to resources or money
  • Restraint of normal activities or freedom (including isolation from friends and family)
  • Sexual coercion or assault
  • Threats to kill or harm
  • Physical intimidation or attacks
  • In extreme cases, domestic violence can result in the death of a partner

Who Does Domestic Violence Impact?

According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 and 10 men have experienced contact sexual and physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
While domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, it can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender or socioeconomic status.

Recognizing the Signs:

Does your partner:

  • Humiliate you in front of others?
  • Act jealous and possessive?
  • Try to isolate you from your family and friends?
  • Throw, push, hit, choke, kick or slap you?
  • Blame you for his/her actions, promise it won't happen again, but then it does?
  • Force you to have sex when you don't want to?
  • Threaten to hurt or kill you or your children?

If concerned about your relationship, it is best to speak directly with an advocate to help you assess the level of danger, review options, resources and safety planning. “Options & Safety Planning” sheet provides a brief overview of these topics.  Please complete the form below and we will contact you shortly.


Domestic Violence Can Be Deadly

Domestic violence results in higher rates of overall health issues, injuries, disabilities, and death. Up to 52 percent of female murder victims are killed by a current or former partner. Homicide is the leading cause of death amongst recently pregnant women in Maryland.

If you are being abused, please take steps to protect yourself by calling an advocate today.

If you believe you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who may be in an abusive relationship with a current or former partner, call DOVE to speak with an advocate.

For more information or to get help NOW, call:       

The DOVE Program 410-496-7555 (Business Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Baltimore County Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline: 410-828-6390 (24/7 Response)

What DOVE Offers:

The DOVE Program offers free and confidential services to patients, visitors, community members, employees of Lifebridge Health and their families.


Services include:

24/7 Crisis Response/Medical Advocacy- for patients seeking treatment in Northwest Hospital

Crisis Intervention- creating a plan to stay safe, resources and referrals to other agencies, assistance with short term goal setting

Court Accompaniment and Advocacy- Emotional support during legal proceedings for DOVE clients

Case Management- In person empowerment sessions that includes goal setting, safety planning, resources, education, and emotional support

Individual Counseling- to process experiences and work on achieving goals

Support Group- A safe place for clients to share their experiences and the impact of domestic violence on their lives and to begin the healing process

Essential Needs- DOVE may assist with or help coordinate access to basic needs for clients actively working with our program.

Seeking Help & Safety Planning

Every situation is different. You may choose to stay, may be thinking about leaving, or have left. Safety planning is a way to keep yourself and your children safe whether you are still with your partner or you are planning to leave. A DOVE advocate can help you come up with a personalized safety plan according to what you need and inform you about what options and resources are available to you. Click here to assess how dangerous your situation may be, to create a plan to stay safe, or to help a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship.