Raising T-Shirts, Awareness for Domestic Violence

CSM Partners with Calvert County Crisis Intervention Center during October

October is Domestic Awareness Month and the College of Southern Maryland in partnership with the Crisis Intervention Center of Calvert County is bringing attention to the impacts of domestic violence through participation in the Clothesline Project.

T-shirts were collected by the Crisis Intervention Center with messages written by victims of domestic violence as well as by their children. They have been strung on a clothesline in the lobby of the Flagship Building on the Prince Frederick Campus and will be displayed for the month.

“We are pleased to support the Clothesline Project and to bring awareness to our students of the devastating effects of domestic violence,” said CSM Vice President and Dean of Prince Frederick Campus Dr. Rich Fleming.

According to the United Nations 2000 “Study on the Status of Women,” every 15 seconds somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, and according to the U.S. Justice Department, less than half of all abuse is reported to the police.

The Crisis Intervention Center of Calvert County, under the Calvert County Health Department, provides 24-hour crisis intervention as well as short- and long-term counseling to victims and families. The program provides liaison for victims and families with various organizations by networking with law enforcement, social services, hospital, judicial system, school, day care and medical personnel. It also provides shelter for women and children in crisis. For information, visit www.CalvertHealth.org and click on Contact Crisis Intervention.

The Community United Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil is 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Circuit Courthouse Courtyard in Prince Frederick.

For information on CSM, visit www.csmd.edu.