GBMC Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Domestic Violence Program Victim Emergency Fund

The mission of GBMC is to provide medical care and service of the highest quality to each patient leading to health, healing and hope.

The GBMC Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Program has been serving victims of sexual assault since the 1970s. In 2011, SAFE began serving victims of domestic violence and is now Baltimore County’s designated SAFE program, serving 350 individuals annually. Police bring Baltimore County victims of sexual crimes to GMBC for treatment, full forensic exams, and collection of physical evidence for police use. Victims who come to the Emergency Room on their own are referred to the SAFE team. All patients also receive crisis counseling, along with advocacy and safety planning at no cause.

Frequently, victims of domestic violence are forced to remain in abusive situations because they lack material supports. To assist victims in fleeing unsafe situations, SAFE established the Domestic Violence Program Victim Emergency Fund.

The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle funding supported the purchase of emergency phones; comfort blankets, stock "Get Away" bags filled with toiletries, gift cards for food, gas, diapers and supplies; clothing, shoes, coats and underwear; cab vouchers and resource packets; as well as administrative costs to support the project.