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Domestic and Sexual Violence Services at WMHS

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic or sexual violence, we can help. WMHS provides confidential, compassionate care and services for children, teens and adults. These services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

What Should You Do?

Our forensic nurses assist patients during an unsafe or crisis situation. If you or someone you know is in need of services, please go to the Emergency Department at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Your privacy is very important, and we have a private area within the Emergency Department where a medical provider will see you.

One of our specially trained forensic nurse examiners is available at all times. A forensic nurse examiner is a registered nurse who specializes in the care and treatment of individuals harmed by domestic or sexual violence and is trained to collect medical evidence for law enforcement and serve as an expert witness in court.

Services for Sexual Assault Cases

A medical screening in the Emergency Department
A private consultation room for interviews
A private exam room for examinations
Medical forensic evidence collected by trained Forensic Nurse Examiners
Support to both you and your family, which is provided by a community-based Sexual Assault Response Team
Follow up healthcare referrals and consultations
Expert opinion and testimony

Services for Domestic Violence Cases

Crisis intervention
Assessment of your risk of danger to plan for your safety
Safety planning
Advocacy
Referral to community resources
Thorough examination and documentation of physical evidence completed by Forensic Nurse Examiner
Expert opinion & testimony

Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Here are some questions that can help determine if you are in an abusive relationship:

Do arguments with your partner often end with someone being physically hurt?
Have you been injured during these fights?
Does your partner destroy things you care about, like pets, family photos, and clothes?
Does you partner ever threaten to hurt you when you disagree?
Do you have to ask permission for almost everything you do?
Does your partner often put you down? Are you starting to believe what your partner says about you?
Have you been made to have sex when or in ways that you didn't want?
Are you prevented from seeing you friends or family, getting a job, or continuing your education?
Do you feel isolated or alone?

If you are battered or immediate danger, please go somewhere safe or call 911.

If injured, please go to the nearest emergency department or your family doctor and tell them what happened to you.

The WMHS Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Program can be reached at 240-964-1333.

24-Hour Hotlines:

Family Crisis resource Center (MD) 301-759-9244
Family Crisis Center (WV) 800-698-1240
Dove Center (Garrett County) 301-334-9000

Services for Health Care Providers

WMHS provides services to help healthcare providers prepare to respond to domestic or sexual violence cases. Services available include:

Consultation with medical practices, including policy review
In-Service trainings for staff
Awareness about other community-based resources, including healthcare and prevention services