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House Of Ruth

House Of Ruth Maryland Launches Three-Year
Community Partnership With The Baltimore Ravens

Ravens Donate $600,000 to Shine Light on Intimate Partner Violence.

House of Ruth Maryland, one of the nation's leading intimate partner violence centers, has established a three-year community partnership with the Baltimore Ravens. This initiative also includes the launch of its "Man Up!" campaign to help raise awareness.

In an effort to generate statewide support against intimate partner violence, the agreement includes a $600,000 donation by the Baltimore Ravens to the House of Ruth Maryland. The Ravens will also take part in numerous House of Ruth Maryland "Man Up!" events throughout the campaign.

In addition to its financial support, the team will participate in a variety of educational programs, including workshops which focus on intimate partner violence and abuse intervention programs aiming to increase the safety of victims. This continued education for players, coaches and front office staff will enable those involved to better recognize the signs of abuse, understand how to respond and know where to go for support.

Studies have shown that in their lifetime, one in four women will experience intimate partner violence. The Ravens will lead the movement throughout Maryland, encouraging all citizens, businesses and organizations to join in the cause.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Baltimore Ravens on such an important initiative," said House of Ruth Maryland's Executive Director Sandi Timmins. "The reaction in our society has always been, 'Why doesn't she just leave?' The Baltimore Ravens have pledged to assist us in shifting the paradigm to change that question to: 'Why does HE think it is ok to abuse her?' It's time for men to speak up, to take responsibility for their behavior, and to hold each other to having partner relationships that are healthy. It's time to 'Man Up!'"

"The Ravens recognize the outstanding service the House of Ruth Maryland provides to our community, and we want to help increase its influence," said Baltimore Ravens President Dick Cass. "We also look forward to the education the House of Ruth Maryland will provide to members of our organization."

About House of Ruth Maryland

The House of Ruth Maryland was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women's organizations, religious groups, service providers and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. In November of 1977, The House of Ruth Maryland opened Baltimore's first crisis shelter for these victims in a row house on North Calvert Street. The shelter was staffed by one paid staff person and a voluntary Board of Directors.

In November 1998, a new 84-bed shelter and six transitional housing apartments, featuring expanded services and programs, opened. This shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Today the House of Ruth Maryland is recognized as one of the nation's most comprehensive intimate partner violence centers and has a staff of more than 120. Its voluntary leadership consists of a 30 member Board of Directors.

The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. For more information, please visit www.hruth.org. Follow House of Ruth Maryland on Facebook and Twitter @HouseofRuthMD.