BALTIMORE –The Verizon Foundation has awarded $ 50,000 in grants to combat domestic violence. In an Oct. 4 ceremony Verizon, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) marked October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and honored several Maryland nonprofits to combat abuse against youth and adults.

The grants were awarded to the After School Dance Fund, the House of Ruth, the Kennedy Foundation.Net, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation.

“We must do everything we can to prevent domestic violence and hold abusers accountable for their actions,” said Gansler. “This tragedy often spreads from generation to generation and we must work together to end the cycle of violence through ongoing coordination and collaboration among all segments of the community.”

Cummings noted, “Domestic violence affected nearly 18,000 Maryland men, women and children in 2010. This tragedy destroys families and leaves physical, mental and psychological scars for years beyond the actual trauma. This must stop. I am proud to stand with Attorney General Doug Gansler and Verizon today in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month — and to honor these organizations that continue to work hard every day to eradicate this tragedy.”