ADVISORY: LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO LAUNCH NEW HOSPITAL-BASED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM AT GBMC
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Dori Henry, Lt. Governor
Michael Schwartzberg, GBMC
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO LAUNCH NEW
HOSPITAL-BASED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
PROGRAM AT GBMC
BALTIMORE, Md. (November 15, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will be joined by Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger, health care representatives, domestic violence advocates, community members and state and local officials to announce the launch of a new Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). The Lt. Governor will also tour the new program facilities with hospital leadership. GBMC currently provides the only Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) program to treat adolescent and adult victims (ages 13 and older) of sexual assault in Baltimore County, and has expanded services for victims with the implementation of their new Domestic Violence Program. In addition to the state support being announced by the Lt. Governor, CareFirst will also be presenting a check to GBMC at tomorrow’s event to fund the new program.
The GBMC program will be Maryland’s seventh hospital-based domestic violence program designed to meet the goals of the Governor’s 2010 Executive Order, “The Maryland Domestic Violence Health Care Screening and Response Initiative” encouraging expanded domestic violence services at health care facilities across the state through screening hospital patients, training health care staff and providing resources to victims of domestic abuse. Similar programs are currently in place in the Baltimore region at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital, as well as Prince George’s Hospital Center. Most recently, the Lt. Governor launched the sixth program at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown this January.
Combating domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was senselessly murdered by her estranged boyfriend. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective provided by this tragedy, Lt. Governor Brown has championed reforms to combat domestic violence. Brown championed successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws by giving judges the authority to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. During the 2010 Legislative Session, Brown worked with members of the General Assembly, domestic violence advocates and stakeholders to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order. Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, domestic violence deaths in Maryland have dropped by 41% since 2007.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Launch New Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program at GBMC
WHERE: Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
6701 N. Charles Street
**Media Parking: Enter the GBMC campus From Charles Street and proceed past the gatehouse. At the "Y" split, stay to the left and proceed on the main road. Follow signs and proceed to the Maternity entrance (2nd right). Live trucks can park in the circle outside this entrance. Other media vehicles are asked to park in Lily Park garage (opposite the Emergency Department).**
WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, November 16, 2012
Tour: 10:30 AM
Press Conference: 11:00 AM