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County Executive Leopold Announces Initiatives Aimed at Domestic Violence

Publish Date: 01/09/2013

YWCA uses grant to begin training program

Annapolis (January 9, 2013) – County Executive John R. Leopold today announced two new initiatives that will help train police officers and the public on how to identify and respond to domestic violence.


“Education can provide a way to detect signs of domestic violence before a tragedy occurs,” County Executive Leopold said. “Our police officers can benefit from special training and so can members of the public, who often serve as our eyes and ears. Domestic violence, hunger and homelessness are the three safety net priorities of this Administration recommended by the Clergy Advisory Committee and funded in the County budget.”


The YWCA will begin offering courses available to the public at the end of this month that will address how to spot warning signs and what to do to report possible domestic violence. The classes are funded in part by a County grant of $10,000. The Administration will also provide $12,500 to the Police Department to train five detectives in identifying and responding to claims of domestic violence.


“The support from the County Executive's office is instrumental in our ability to provide both a safe house shelter for victims of domestic violence and also, through this grant funding, educate our community on both the signs of domestic violence and the supports available to victims,” said Molly Knipe, Executive Director of the YWCA. “Through the partnership between the County Executive's Office and the YWCA, we are helping our neighbors live free from abuse.”

For more information about the YWCA courses, call 410-626-7800.

Caption to attached photo: (left to right) Molly Knipe, Executive Director of the YWCA, County Executive John R. Leopold and Police Chief Larry Tolliver discuss the program for domestic violence training courses.

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