Mission Statement

As the central point of access for assistance on domestic violence within the counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the mission of Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence is to create healthy opportunities to break the cycle of domestic violence through intervention and prevention by providing shelter, counseling, services, and advocacy for victims and abusers; and by changing society’s attitudes and systems which permit and promote such violence against women, men and families.


What is Family Violence?

According to the Compass Center for Women and Families, Family Violence is a pattern of intentionally violent or controlling behavior used by a person against a family member or intimate partner to gain and maintain power and control over that person, during and/or after the relationship. An intimate partner may be a married or dating couple or joined in domestic partnership. The violent and controlling behavior could include:

  • physical (punching, strangling, sexual, etc.) or 
  • non-physical (economic, verbal, emotional, stalking, etc.) abuse.

MSCFV services Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot County.

Who MSCFV Serves

Family Violence does not discriminate, nor does MSCFV. We provide services to individuals regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, gender, ethnicity, age (referrals only for youth), physical disabilities, political affiliation, sexual orientation, color, marital status, or medical condition. We serve the five Maryland Mid-Shore Counties: Caroline, Kent, Dorchester, Queen Anne's and Talbot.

With parents’ permission, we are able to serve youth experiencing teen dating violence. While MSCFV does not provide services to children, we provide referrals to other community agencies to help youth.

We have bilingual staff and translation services available to help victims whose primary language is not English.