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Springboard is chosen by the State’s Attorney’s Office to provide counseling to Baltimore’s crime victims and witnesses

Announcement made during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

As violent crime increases, SAO intensifies efforts to support communities

(Baltimore, April 26, 2022) This week, Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced its new partnership with Springboard Community Services, and an expansion of existing services to support crime victims and witnesses. The announcement was made as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

“This call to action meshes completely with our mission,” said Springboard’s CEO, F.T. Burden. “Our case managers are skilled in assisting victims of crimes such as family violence, domestic violence, child abuse, hate crimes, elder abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and gun violence. Additionally, Springboard clinicians offer therapy to individuals of all ages in response to trauma.” Springboard Community Services, formerly known as Family and Children’s Services, has served Baltimore since 1849 – continually evolving to meet the needs of the times. 

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, “With violent crime increasing this year, homicides already up by 9 percent, and non-fatal shootings up by 25 percent compared to last year, these new partnerships will provide additional support for survivors of crime in their difficult times of need to safely heal from life-changing moments.”

Springboard’s partnership with the SAO will enhance the Victims and Witness Services (VWS) Unit that has served thousands of Baltimore citizens. The SAO’s announcement demonstrates a commitment to doubling down on these efforts by enlisting new partners, including Springboard.

In addition to Springboard’s case managers assisting victims of violence, Springboard recently opened its Youth Resource Center to assist young adults – ages 14-24. The YRC provides drop-in services to assist with basic needs – food/clothing/hygiene, case management, mental health counseling, workshops, housing resources, and family support.

In addition to Springboard, the SAO expanded its existing collaboration with Lifebridge Health Center for Hope to incorporate the Sinai Hospital-based Violence Response Team, which provides a 24/7 crisis response program to assist victims of domestic violence, community violence, and elder abuse, and the DOVE Program at Northwest Hospital which provides case management, protective orders, and counseling. The SAO also deepened its support with UMD ROAR (The Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise Center) to refer survivors of non-fatal gunshots to their Peer Healing Circles.

Read the full press release issued by the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office:

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