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We are Hopeworks. We are Howard County Maryland’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center.
Since 1978, the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County has been providing critical services to families affected by domestic violence and raising awareness in the community.
In 2010, we added to our mission comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.
We are proud of our strong tradition of service provision and survivors will always need the specialized care our dedicated staff provides on a daily basis. Critical also to our mission is engaging the entire community in the work of changing the conditions that allow sexual and intimate partner violence to occur in the first place. This part takes all of us.
Sexual and intimate partner violence are not inevitable realities in our world.
We all benefit when individuals are free to live self-determined lives without the threat of sexual and intimate partner violence – not just survivors. Parents; law enforcement; businesses; students; day care providers; doctors; nurses and teachers; men and boys benefit. Families and friends will all be better off without these threats.
Prevention takes an entire community working together – challenging and changing the beliefs, attitudes, and culture that allow them to exist. And it takes hope. Hope builds momentum and momentum creates change…when we work together.
Our community can be stronger and better and safer when we are all engaged in this work together. This is the spirit of our new name. It is a name we believe says as much about us as an agency as it does about us as a community.
We are HopeWorks. Each and every one of us.