Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center
It's a painful topic that no one likes to talk about, but Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), also known as domestic violence, affects millions of people in this country every year. One in four women (and one in seven men) will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
IPV happens in every segment of our population, regardless of age, income, education, race, religion, or sexual orientation. It can take the form of physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, psychological/emotional abuse, and/or a combination of multiple forms.
While IPV can include sexual assault, 'sexual assault' generally refers to use of force or threat of force to achieve a sexual outcome. It can range from unwanted touching and kissing to forcing a victim to perform a sexual act and rape.
UM Capital is home to the only designated sexual assault center in Prince George's County and is the state leader in comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault intervention. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center (DV/SAC) helps women recognize, deal with, and heal from IPV and sexual assault. The center also helps survivors with medical, legal, and emotional support in a private and confidential medical setting.
Our trained counselors offer services to all victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or economic status. We also counsel families, friends and partners to help everyone impacted through the healing process.
The Center helps victims and survivors:
- Create a unique safety plan for themselves and their children;
- Obtain a medical forensic exam with board-certified forensic nurses;
- Navigate the legal system and provide support throughout the legal process;
- Begin the emotional healing process with our professionally trained, licensed counselors.
All services are free of charge and available 24/7. You can either walk-in to our center located at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center (3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785, emergency room entrance) or call 301-618-3154 for more information.
You can heal. We can help.