MD gets $375,000 federal grant to combat domestic violence

Maryland has received a $375,000 federal grant to help launch a program to curb domestic violence, state officials announced Wednesday.

The state is one of six that received grant money, which it will use on  a program to help health care providers play a larger role in helping those who may have been victims of domestic violence.

Under the program to launch later this month, health care providers will have access to training to help identify and assist domestic violence victims. They will learn to identify warnings signs before a woman is hurt.

The Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene will use part of the money to establish domestic violence assessments at all patient visits to clinics in the Baltimore area, Prince George's County and the Lower Eastern Shore.

A pilot program will also be developed to put women's health services at domestic violence program sites, such as the House of Ruth.


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