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Fact Sheet

House of Ruth Maryland

Status & Funding:
Non-profit 501 (c) (3). Funding for House of Ruth Maryland is made possible through private (53%) and government (38%) funds, and other sources (9%) including investment income, training and client fees resulting mainly from the Gateway Project.


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.

Intimate Partner Violence (def.):
Intimate partner violence is a pattern of coercively controlling behaviors used by a current or previous partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner.

Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, ability or gender, and can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, economic, and psychological abuse. It impacts individuals, families, worplaces, and communities. Since intimate partner violence is framed within the global issue of violence against women, it is shaped and supported by societal, familial, and cultural norms and is complicated by the intersection of other cultural oppressions.

The term "intimate partner violence" is sometimes used interchangeably with terms such as "domestic violence", "partner abuse" or "family violence".


  • Sandi Timmins, Executive Director
  • Mary Miller, President, Board of Directors; Director of Finance, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • Dorothy Lennig, Director, Legal Clinic
  • Mary McGeady, Director, Finance and Administration
  • Terri Wurmser, Director, Social Enterprises and Special Projects, and Co-Director, Development
  • Janice Miller, Director, Client Services
  • Cheri Arnott Parlaman, Director, Development
  • Lisa Nitsch, Director, Clinical Services and Education

2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
House of Ruth Maryland website

100 full-time and part-time

House of Ruth Maryland has a comprehensive range of services to help protect victims and provide the support services necessary to rebuild their lives. Broadly, those services include a 24-hour Hotline, shelter, children and youth services, community advocacy, legal clinic, counseling, abuse intervention and education and training.

People Served:
Since House of Ruth Maryland first opened its doors, it has served more than 100,000 victims. In fiscal year 2013 alone, House Of Ruth served nearly 9,000 victims, along with their family and friends.

All media inquiries for interviews, articles or related requests can be directed to Cheri Parlaman, Director of Development, at (410) 554-8446 or

General Help and Information:
24-hour Hotline - (410) 889-7884 (RUTH)
Línea en Español - (410) 889-7884 Oprima 8
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233


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