A Community Concern
The Center for Abused Persons is a private, non-profit agency providing the citizens of Charles County with crisis and on-going professional counseling; support services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse; information, referrals and crisis intervention counseling through a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Hotline; and, community education and awareness surrounding sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, suicide prevention and crisis intervention.

Meeting the Challenge
Founded in 1983 as the Charles County Sexual Assault Center, the Center for Abused Persons (CAP) today is able to provide services to a much broader range of clients, including adult victims of sexual assault, adults who were sexually abused as children, battered women, abusers, child victims of sexual or physical abuse, child observers of family violence and others.

Stop the Violence

CAP is the only state-designated program in Charles County that addresses domestic violence.  Our ultimate goal is to stop the cycle of family violence by providing telephone and face-to-face crisis intervention.  Emergency safe shelter referrals are available to victims fleeing violence.  Working through the court system, CAP assists with filing protective orders, makes referrals for low or no fee legal service and provides accompaniment and support during court proceedings.  Counseling is offered to individuals or the entire family through a variety of programs. 

Charles County's only 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
CAP's trained counselors operate the only 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Hotline in Charles County.  The Hotline serves as a lifeline for troubled youth and adults who are contemplating suicide or who need solutions to such problems as substance abuse, family conflict, physical and sexual abuse, assault and emergency housing.

Sexual Assault on the Rise
CAP is the state-designated program to provide services to an increasing number of victims of rape and sexual assault in Charles County.  Outreach services are provided at the Emergency Room of Charles Regional Medical Center and at the Sheriff's Department immediately after a report of such an incident has been filed.  Additionally, CAP was the first agency in Maryland with a Sexual Assault Response Team which allows victims to be treated in a caring, sensitive manner by Forensic Nurse Examiners who are well-trained experts in the field of evidence collection and preservation, key components in prosecuting sexual offenders.  Specialized sexual assault counseling services are offered to individuals, groups and families.  Services include crisis intervention, counseling and information and referral to other agencies.

Our Children, Our Future
CAP staff provide counseling and other support services designed to meet the special needs of children who have been sexually abused or assaulted.  Specialized services are also available for child observers of domestic violence.  Although not always abused themselves, witnessing violence can have a lasting and devastating impact on children's lives.  Early intervention can help in preventing them from becoming adult victims and/or abusers.

Education and Awareness, Part of the Solution
CAP gets the message out to the community by providing presentations and materials to organizations, clubs, schools, etc.  In addition, volunteers are used for outreach and expansion of the capacity to provide necessary services to the community.  Moreover, the Center for Abused Persons supports other agencies and organizations in the community with similar goals but whose focus is on other populations.

Need Help?  Call 301-645-3336

Thousands of citizens call our Crisis Hotline each year.  Have you or a member of your family been victimized, battered or assaulted?  Are you afraid, confused, lonely or thinking of hurting yourself?  Call CAP for help.

Hotline counselors are available seven days a week.  All calls are confidential.  Don't feel alone.  Trained Hotline counselors can help you cope with the crisis in your life.

How Center for Abused Persons' staff help in cases of domestic violence:
*develops a safety plan and finds safe shelter
*accompanies you to court or for medical services
*provides family and crisis counseling
*offers day and evening support groups
*counsels abusers in learning non-violent ways
*educates the community

How Center for Abused Persons' staff help after sexual assault:
*accompanies you to the hospital or Sheriff's Office
*provides crisis intervention
*offers day and evening individual and group counseling for all ages
*counsels sexually abused children and adults who were abused during childhood
*counsels sexual assault victims and families in need

You Can Help Support CAP
Help make friends, family and colleagues aware of CAP's many services.
Sponsor a presentation by a member of CAP's staff at your workplace, church or community group.
Lend your support as a volunteer.
Offer financial support to help us continue our mission.

Call 301-645-8994 for more information

24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline 301-645-3336