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Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition & Conference

In situations involving domestic violence, victims often turn to faith to seek comfort. Frequently, domestic violence victims confide in faith leaders, and the initial reaction of the faith leader influences the decisions of the victim.

Appreciating the unique and important role clergy members serve in addressing the needs of and providing guidance to victims, the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition (IDVC) in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives engages and unites interfaith leaders, domestic violence experts, communities throughout Maryland to take a stand against domestic violence.

Through its annual, day-long educational conference during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the coalition:

  • Educates clergy regarding the unique dynamics of domestic violence and the impact it has on Marylanders,
  • Shares resources and information available within communities and state and local governments, and
  • Provides strategies on how to best engage and approach potentially life-changing conversations with victims and effectively understand and guide victims to a support system.

Together with the faith community at large, the coalition seeks to spark life-changing conversations that can transform families and strengthen our communities. The conference is led by Co-Chairs Judge Karen Friedman and Judge Catherine Chen. The conference is open to all those who live or work in Maryland, including clergy members. 

2019 Conference Press Release 

“We are inspired by the survivors of domestic violence who show tremendous courage, strength of will, and character to overcome hardship and rebuild their lives. Our administration is committed to securing justice for those affected by domestic violence as we work hard to make Maryland safer for all of our citizens.” 
Governor Larry Hogan

Conference attendees hear from experts on, but not limited to:

The Unique Dynamics of Domestic Violence;
The Effect of Domestic Violence on Children;
Safety Planning;
Security Issues in Sanctuaries;
Legal Ramifications of Protective and Peace Orders;
Resources Available in Individual Jurisdictions; and
Other topics of interest related to Domestic Violence

Other Key Partners Include:

Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore City Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
CHANA (Counseling, Helpline, AID & Networking for Abused Women)
Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Governor’s Office of Crime, Control & Prevention
MNDAV (Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence)
Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore
Prince George’s Family Justice Center
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

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