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MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Partners with Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, Calls All Maryland Clergy to Join 

Domestic Violence Victims Often Seek Clergy First in Crisis


The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives collaborates with the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition to host the 2019 Interfaith Domestic Violence Conference during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Chaired by Judge Karen Friedman, Circuit Court for Baltimore, and Judge Catherine Chen from the District Court of Maryland, the conference calls and unites all Maryland clergy, faith-based leaders, law enforcement officers, and domestic violence experts to collaborate in learning about the unique dynamics of domestic violence and the impact it has on Marylanders. Victims of domestic violence often first seek assistance from their clergy in a crisis, so this group of people is crucial to the first steps for a victim to safety.

The conference provides information on resources and strategies on how faith leaders can engage and approach life-changing conversations with victims and guide victims to a solid support system. Topics include domestic violence 101, trauma and brain science, navigating legal systems, survivor decision making, the role of clergy, and more.


Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition
Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Judicial College
2100 Commerce Drive, Suite D
Annapolis, Md.

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