A partnership of city, state and local agencies; advocacy groups; and a Laurel salon is being formed to help address domestic violence concerns in Laurel.

The goal of the partnership is to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence and to help provide information to Laurel residents in an effort to prevent the violence from occurring.

City officials and Laurel Police will hold a "kickoff meeting" Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the new Partnership Activity Center at the Laurel Police Department, 811 Fifth St. The groups that are partnering for Laurel's program include the Prince George's County State Attorney's Office; House of Ruth; Community Advocates for Family and Youth; Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence; Prince George's Hospital Center; Hey Red Salon, on Laurel's Main Street; and the Family Crisis Center for Prince George's County.

City officials say they plan to have representatives from the partnering organizations on-site at the Partnership Activity Center one day a month for those that need assistance in dealing with domestic violence.


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City officials urge victims seeking assistance to attend the Oct. 20 meeting, as well as relatives or friends of those involved in abusive relationships and anyone seeking information on domestic violence.

For more information, contact Laurel Police Maj. Bob Althoff at 301-498-0092.