Health and Safety Education

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for MC Students
Crisis Hotlines

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.
Safety Planning

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!

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Campus Resources
Campus Safety and Security
  • Germantown: 240-567-7777
  • Rockville: 240-567-5111
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: 240-567-1600
Confidential Reporting, Counseling Offices
  • Germantown: 240-567-7734
  • Rockville: 240-567-4104 
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: 240-567-1600
Title IX Coordinator
Community Resources
Know Your Rights and the Laws in Your State

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 Database. 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: 

What is VAWA?

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 Hotline, 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.
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