Health and Safety Education
If you or someone you know needs help, call one of these hotlines or find more community resources.
- Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence: 1-800-MD-HELPS or 301-429-3601
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), available 24 hours a day
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474; 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)
- National Victims of Crime Hotline: 1-855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)
- Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-4673
- Stalking Resources Center: 202-467-8700
Montgomery College's VAWA Coordinator collaborates with campus and community resources to ensure that Montgomery College provides prevention and awareness programs that promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
VAWA training programs and educational opportunities help students to:
- Understand that Montgomery College does not tolerate sexual violence or domestic violence.
- Understand the definition of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- Understand the definition of consent as relates to sexual offenses and legally defined within the applicable jurisdiction.
- Learn “safe and positive” options for bystander intervention an individual may take to prevent harm or intervene in risky situations.
- Recognize the signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks.
- Engage in ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns on sexual violence and domestic violence.
Examples of training programs and educational opportunities:
- BITB Training (Bringing in the Bystander) for faculty and staff to become trainers to help educate MC students via a 90-minute presentation their professor arranges by request through the VAWA Coordinator;
- Sexual Assault Prevention for Community Colleges (online training module for students);
- Self-defense workshops and events, Sexual Assault Awareness (SAAM) events and activities;
- Domestic Violence Awareness events and activities;
- Social media campaigns and advocacy;
- Providing information about community resources for legal, medical, social, and psychological services.
Relationships should be safe and healthy but sometimes, they aren’t. How do you remain safe if the relationship is unhealthy? How do you leave safely? By safety planning, one can help avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when in danger. All year, awareness tables, prevention and awareness messaging and events will focus on the need to assess safety and to devise a safety plan.
One way that the SHaW Center for Success promotes health and safety is through Safety Planning. Learn to protect yourself or those you love by implementing and promoting the use of a Safety Plan!
Help us reach students with this information!
- Safety Planning can Save Lives (PDF, )
- Safety Planning Differences (PDF, )
- 10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship (PDF, )
- Safety Plan for College Students (PDF, )
- Healthy Relationship Quiz (PDF, )
- Am I a Good Partner Quiz (PDF, )
- Germantown: 240-567-7777
- Rockville: 240-567-5111
- Takoma Park/Silver Spring: 240-567-1600
- Germantown: 240-567-7734
- Rockville: 240-567-4104
- Takoma Park/Silver Spring: 240-567-1600
- Christopher Moy, 240-567-5412 or email@example.com
- Police: Call 911
- Confidential Reporting through the Montgomery County Victim Assistance Sexual Assault Programnew window (VASAP): 240-777-1355, weekdays; 240-777-4357, 24-hour crisis hotline, 240-777-1347,
TTY; 240-777-1329, fax; firstname.lastname@example.org. VASAP has a liaision for each MC campus. Contact a liaison at 240-777-1355.
- Veronica Zapata Velez, LCPC Therapist (Rockville)
- Carolina Carbajal, LCPC Therapist (Silver Spring/Takoma)
- Gloria Bowen, LCSW-C Therapist (Germantown)
- Maryland Network Against Domestic Violencenew window: 1-800-MD-HELPS or 301-429-3601; email@example.com
- Maryland State Coalition Against Sexual Assaultnew window: 301-328-7023; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rape Crisis Centers in Marylandnew window
- Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)new window: 800-656-4673
- Stalking Resources Centernew window: 202-467-8700
- National Sexual Assault Hotlinenew window: 800-656-HOPE (4673), available 24 hours a day
- National Network to End Domestic Violencenew window
- Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling new window
Know the legal definition of rape and the statute of limitation for different sex crimes by searching the laws in your state through RAINN's State Law Databasenew window. It matters where you live because legal definitions may vary by jurisdiction. This is a guide to the laws relevant in your state. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. The information provided in the link about state laws covers various state laws by topic, such as:
- consent laws new window
- mandatory reporting for childrennew window and the elderlynew window
- HIV/AIDS testing of offendersnew window
- laws and private communicationsnew window
- termination of rapists’ parental rights new window
- lawfully owed DNAnew window
- definitions and penalties of sex crimesnew window
- criminal statutes of limitationsnew window
Under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden, Congress recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for a national strategy with the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. This landmark federal legislation’s approach to violence against women combined tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable with programs to provide services for the victims of such violence. VAWA ensured that victims and their families have access to services they need to achieve safety and rebuild their lives by:
- Establishing the National Domestic Violence Hotlinenew window, 800-799-7233; 1-800-787-3224 (TTY, En Español)
- Improving safety and reducing recidivism by developing coordinated community responses that allow community stakeholders to collaborate to prevent and respond to violence against women;
- Focusing on the needs of underserved communities which includes creating legal relief for immigrant victims so that abusers cannot use their immigration status to prevent the victim from reporting to law enforcement.
The VAWA Reauthorization Act was signed into law under President Barack Obama to focus renewed attention and resources on college campuses, under the Campus Sexual Violence Act (“SaVE Act”) provision, Section 304. This requires colleges and universities to document and report dating violence on campus and ensure victim’s safety by mandating schools create plans to enforce protective orders and notify the victim of their rights. VAWA requires colleges and universities to:
- Report domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
- Adopt certain student discipline procedures, such as notifying victims of their rights, and
- Adopt certain institutional policies to address and prevent campus sexual violence.
For compliance (Clery and VAWA requirements for training and education), the College must document and report awareness and risk reduction programs.
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) was once a stand-alone bill whose components were instead applied to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. SaVE instructs colleges and universities to provide programming for students and employees addressing the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Education programs shall include:
- Primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees
- Safe and positive options for bystander intervention
- Information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior
- Ongoing prevention and awareness programs for students and faculty
Various Montgomery College departments, organizations, and individual groups provided a series of ongoing awareness campaigns and training events for MC students, faculty and employees. If you, your department, organization, groups, or individuals provided any programs, meetings, or training sessions which were directed at the following prevention outcomes in spring 2019, please indicate such information in the Montgomery College VAWA Education Programs formnew window.
Finally, as you are planning for the 2019-2020 academic year, please remember to log your programs or events in the VAWA Education Programs formnew window. It is important that we track all prevention and awareness programming for students, faculty, and staff that address the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.