CUMBERLAND — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and centers in Allegany, Garrett and Mineral counties offer a wealth of services for victims of domestic violence. All the centers offer a free and confidential helpline that is available 24/7 and is staffed by trained advocates.

In addition to the helpline, the Family Crisis Resource Center (FCRC), Inc. in Cumberland, the Dove Center in Oakland and the Family Crisis Center (FCC) in Keyser, W.Va. all offer emergency shelters and counselling.

The FCRC in Cumberland offers programs for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault/abuse and incest. Additional services include crisis intervention; advocacy and accompaniment; a Sexual Assault Response Team; case management; domestic violence follow-ups, supervised visitation and exchange.

Taness Cline, program coordinator at FCRC in Cumberland was recently nominated to receive special recognition this month at the annual awards dinner of Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

In addition to offering services to victims of domestic violence, the Dove Center in also offers services to victims of rape/sexual assault, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, neglect, stalking as well as children who have witnessed domestic violence and adults, who were molested as children. The Dove Center also offers the following services individual counseling advocacy with other systems, accompaniment to legal, medical, and other related appointments and free, 911 cell phones.

The proceeds from Adventure Sports Center International’s Great Pumpkin Race which was held early this month will go to the Dove Center. 

The FCC in Keyser offers food, clothing, advocacy, sexual assault services and aide with housing and legal assistance, according to Shannon Beck, direct service coordinator. FCC serves Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant and Pendleton counties.

The Mineral County Commission recently approved a resolution for $7,000 emergency shelter grant for the FCC in Keyser and accepted a proclamation from the FCC declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Both the Family Crisis Resource Center, Inc. in Allegany County and the Dove Center in Garrett County have an Abuse Intervention Program (AIP), which consist of group counseling for individuals who are abusive and wish to change.

The Dove Center’s main office is located in Oakland and an outreach counseling office is located in Grantsville.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and in October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, according to the coalition website.

The following are the numbers for the 24/7 helplines:

• FCRC in Cumberland, (301) 759-9244

• Dove Center in Oakland (301) 334-9000

• FCC in Keyser 1 (800) 698-1240

For more information about FCRC in Cumberland, visit http://www.familycrisisresourcecenter.org. For more information about the Dove Center, visit http://gcdovecenter.org and for more information about FCC visit them on Facebook.

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