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Domestic Violence Center to hold basketball tournament

Readers of this blog may be familiar with previous posts documenting the new push in the state of Maryland to raise awareness about a pervasive threat that in the past was rarely spoken of in public. So much so, in fact, that it was referred to as the "silent epidemic." Domestic violence is now recognized as a very serious issue facing the residents of Maryland from all walks of life. Recently, this post has reported on how the state has been recognized as a leader in combating this difficult issue.

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County has now announced that it will host a step show and basketball tournament to help raise awareness about this issue. It is specifically geared toward men and is designed to help them see the important and vital role they can play in stopping the cycle of violence. Women are frequently targeted in efforts to raise awareness about the issue, but, this time, it is men and boys who will be educated about the ways they can actively take steps to prevent domestic abuse from happening. Additionally, even though the victims of domestic abuse are largely women, men are also abused and need to know that there is help available for them as well.

Fortunately for victims of domestic abuse, the state of Maryland takes all cases of domestic abuse seriously. If someone is the victim of domestic violence and fears for their safety, they can immediately file for an order of protection from the court. The Court will immediately issue a temporary protective order upon receiving this motion, and will schedule a temporary hearing within one week. At this hearing, issues of child custody, visitation and child support can also be addressed by the judge.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Howard County's Legacy Project promotes healthy masculinity," Julianne Peeling, April 16, 2013.

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