CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. (March 25, 2011) – Monday, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, will visit the Anchor of Walden Intermediate Care Facility, where he will tour the center, meet with current residents who are victims of domestic violence and hear from Walden Sierra leadership about their trauma informed care programs and the impact of the state-wide Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) initiative. Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, Executive Director of Walden Sierra, Clinical Director Gary Lynch and St. Mary’s County Sherriff Timothy Cameron will be in attendance, as well as St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners President Jack Russell.
Anchor of Walden is the only regional residential treatment center in Southern Maryland. The center is a major resource for victims of domestic violence, operating under the LAP initiative. LAP has created a network of partnerships within the state that work together to identify victims of domestic violence who are at risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners and immediately connect them with the domestic violence service provider in their area.
Addressing domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was murdered by her estranged boyfriend during a domestic dispute. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective this tragedy provided him, Brown championed successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws and take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. During the 2010 Legislative Session, Brown worked with the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Tour Anchor of Walden Facility and Meet with Leadership and Residents
WHERE: Anchor of Walden
30007 Business Center Dr.
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
WHEN: Monday, March 28, 2011