To highlight the need for increased communication and in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Interfaith Domestic Violence Initiative is asking interfaith leaders in the Baltimore metropolitan area to commit to addressing domestic violence in their congregations in some form over the “Weekend of Ministry,” Oct. 25-27.

Through a partnership that includes the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Mayor, the initiative seeks to build on the close relationships many clergy members have with their congregants as a way to connect with victims of domestic violence.

The initiative is the brainchild of Judge Karen C. Friedman who teamed up with Judge David W. Young and Judge Katie O’Malley to encourage Baltimore’s interfaith leaders and institutions to dedicate a portion of their ministries or fellowship activities to domestic violence.

“This initiative is attempting to unite all faith against domestic violence. It is important for a victim of domestic violence to know that she or he can turn to their clergy person for guidance and support,” said Judge Friedman.

Domestic violence not only threatens an individual’s physical and emotional well-being, it often separates victims from those who care about them and can offer assistance.

For information on the Interfaith Domestic Violence Initiative and to pledge participation in the Weekend of Ministry go to

Share experiences and information on domestic violence on Twitter @GOCIMD #IDVI. For help, call the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence statewide helpline at 1-800-MD-HELPS or go to