Shelter-Based Services for Women and Families Affected by Intimate Partner Violence

Our vision is that one day, every woman in Maryland will be safe in her own home.

The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.

Since 1977, the House of Ruth Maryland (HRM) has provided a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. HRM operates an 84-bed shelter and six transitional-housing apartments. The shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic, as well as individual and group therapy for the women and their children to reduce behavioral and psychological trauma resulting from the abuse. HRM also offers a shelter-based Childcare Center.

In FY2017, HRM served 8,622 adult victims and 571 children, as well as 584 male and female clients in abuse interventions. The organization also trained 1,372 professionals.

The grant from the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle supported the staff effort of its Child Family Therapist / Shelter Site-Lead and the Preschool Teacher in its shelter-based Childcare Center.