Heartly House is the only organization in Frederick County, Maryland, that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. We have been providing these services since 1979.
Heartly House staff support survivors without judgement or assumptions. All survivors have their own personal histories and respond to their abuse differently. Through a “trauma informed” service model, staff provide education, supportive services, referrals to other resources, and empower victims to make the best choices for themselves. The goal of services is to increase safety and well-being.
Through community awareness presentations, Frederick County citizens are educated about the cycle of violence, the dynamics of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault response and prevention, healthy relationships, what is consent, and much more. Heartly House encourages reserving judgement about victims’ behavior and choices. Through support, victims can better understand the nature of their situation and develop positive strategies to make changes.
Heartly House is the local expert on treating the impact of trauma. We offer specialized therapeutic inventions through individual and group counseling for adults and children. Our group and individual therapies offer many different interventions including psychoeducation, individualized emotional and physical safety planning, cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, coping strategies, art therapy, life skills development, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, trauma informed yoga, and animal assisted therapy. Heartly House offers individual and group counseling for women who speak Spanish, a group for male survivors of child sexual abuse (facilitated by a male trauma informed therapist), and a group for LGTBQ+ survivors (facilitated by an LGTBQ+ identifying counselor).
All services for survivors (hotline, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, legal advocacy and representation counseling) are offered at no charge, thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donations, foundations, and grants.
For more information about Heartly House and our services, please call 301-418-6610.