If you need immediate assistance please call 911.
24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.

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Statistics On Domestic Violence

Per minute 20 People

Total Abuse

Are abused by an intimate partner. That's 10 million people in the U.S.

Females 45.4 %

Number of Rapes

Of female rapes are perpetrated by an intimate partner

Women 19.3 Million


Have been stalked in the U.S. in their lifetime.

People 72 %

Number of Murder/Homicides

Involved an intimate partner with 94% of the murders being of women.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to support and empower domestic violence survivors in overcoming challenges by providing or finding stable, safe housing; educating through resources and counseling while working within the community to raise awareness of domestic violence.

We are more than just an organization, we are creating a network of survivors helping other survivors thrive.

This organization was created because we understand that when abuse is involved, it's always "complicated" and it isn't always easy to access services to get the help you need. We believe it should be easy

we understand that choosing to leave an abusive relationship comes with a multitude of emotions including fear, sadness, excitement, loneliness, relief. We don't want anyone going through this alone.

We love technology because although there is always a risk in these situations, we feel that we can reach more women in need and be more accessible to the clients we serve.

We do not feel that a women's shelter is an appropriate place for a survivor of domestic violence because there are no services (other than housing). We believe that support should be immediate and a safe place should be a given.

We know that when you have someone you care about in an abusive situation, it can be confusing, scary, frustrating. We understand that without having experienced an abusive relationship, that navigating best practices to support your loved one can be challenging. We're here to support family, friends, employers of someone being abused. We are not attorneys, but we are happy to listen, educate and provide support whenever we can.

We Are Here To Help When You Need Us


Relocation Assistance

We will research the information needed to help you relocate. NOTE: If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. This is for lower-risk individuals fleeing abuse.


Resource Connection

We are happy to help you connect with resources to help you become successful, self-sufficient and comfortably independent.


Affordable Housing

We are in the process of opening an affordable housing home for up to 8 women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Ways To Contact Us

Please Call

We can be contacted any day from 7 am-12 am at (240) 317-7990, however we do not have 24/7 phone operators, so we ask that you keep calling back or send us a message. We will not call you back unless you leave a message asking us to do so. The fastest way to communicate to get a response is through written messages (email, chat through here, text messaging) If you are unable to reach us, and you cannot wait, you can always contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. Their advocates are available 24/7 in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

One-On-One Chat

Our chat service is: A confidential, one-on-one chat session with trained advocates -- NOT public An internal messaging system used specifically for communicating in a HIPAA compliant manner/to maintain confidentiality— it is NOT a chat messenger such as MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Live Chat, Gchat or iChat You access chat in a variety of ways— whatever you prefer. You can download an app, save a link, or click on the Chat Now We are happy to message and support victims, survivors, friends, family, coworkers, or anyone affected by domestic violence and abuse. This is a low-pressure messaging system here for your support. We’re here for you. Click on the “Chat Badge” to enter your "waiting room."

Stay Safe

Your safety is our priority, so all phone calls and chats are completely confidential.

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Latest News

12 November 2019
We need your help to reach our goal of $30,000 for rent of the house so that we are able to serve 8 survivors of domestic violence, to prevent homelessness, at any given time.​Please consider making a financial donation today. Please consider hosting...
12 November 2019
On October 3, 2019, we were honored to spend a lovely evening together with family, friends, new and old supporters at our 1st (of hopefully many) Annual Fundraiser Dinner Event. This was a wonderful evening with great food, a silent auction, guest s...
12 November 2019
On October 26, 2019, we spent a second amazing evening in the month at an incredible fundraising event hosted by the wonderful foundation, In Honor of Her. This was a beautiful night. A portion of the proceeds from their event will​be granted to us....
12 November 2019

The wonderful folks from Orange Theory Fitness were kind enough to hold a diaper/baby supply drive for our clients. They surprised us when there was an entire stair landing worth of diapers and wipes, supplies and food donations,

12 November 2019
We wish to acknowledge our long-time supporters and partners:Father Lee & the wonderful congregation at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, Damascus, MDFirst Energy FoundationDamascus YWomenNew Doors MinistryMount Airy dot NetSmart BoxCuriosity Consig...
12 November 2019
We are so excited to be able to expand our services! February 15, 2020 we will be opening our doors to 8 women who are survivors of domestic violence in our Transitional Housing Program. We will be able to provide these amazing women with a fresh sta...
29 October 2019
Will you help out by answering a questionnaire? Let your experience help others. ​Click below to take our questionnaire so that we can make an amazing shelter.DV Survivor Questionnaire ...
29 October 2019
We are currently taking names for the following groups:group therapy for victims of domestic violence (currently in an active relationship)group therapy for survivors of domestic violence (have been out of an abusive relationship)educational groups f...
29 October 2019
Domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, f...
29 October 2019

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P.O. Box 26, Damascus, Maryland 20874
Serving women in Maryland and across the United States.

Mail: info@openingnewdoors.org

Phone: 240-317-7990