At Center for Abused Persons in Waldorf, the phones are always open.
CAP’s Crisis Hotline – 301-645-3336 – is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can help callers who are contemplating suicide or dealing with issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, physical and sexual assault, anxiety, depression, family conflict, or the need for emergency housing.
The hotline is the only 24-hour service of its kind in Charles County, and it serves as the backup after-hours hotline for human services agencies in the county. Calls made to the hotline are confidential.
Since it was founded in 1983, CAP has been working to support victims of domestic violence, physical and sexual assault, and child abuse through a variety of services and programs. The organization offers emergency shelter services, information, and referral services. CAP can also help victims navigate the court system, including filing protective orders, making legal referrals, and accompanying victims to court proceedings.
In addition, CAP provides crisis and long-term counseling services for individuals and families and works to educate the community about domestic violence, assault, and abuse. Counseling is available for children who are victims of abuse or assault or who have witnessed domestic violence, and CAP’s Abuser Intervention Program offers counseling services to abusers.
Even CAP’s website is designed to teach victims and the community members about domestic violence and sexual assault, with information to help website visitors learn to identify the signs of abuse and what to do if it happens to you.
How can you help? CAP has many opportunities for volunteers, including court advocacy, staffing the hotline, and community education through presentations and events. Organizations and groups can host CAP presentations to help educate the community about domestic violence, sexual assault, and related issues.
Even your old cellphone can help CAP further its mission to stop the cycle of family violence in Charles County. Old phones can be given to victims so they can make emergency calls or recycled to earn money for CAP’s programs and services.
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