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The Women's Center offers resources and information on the following issues and topics.

Career & Education Counseling Needs Dating Violence
Domestic Violence Eating Disorders Empowerment
Feminist Organizations Gender Identity Issues Health Issues
Parenting/Child Care Multicultural Issues Rape
Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Sexual Orientation Issues
Women's Organizations    

The Women’s Center Lending Library

The Women’s Center has a wide selection of books for community members to check out. Stop by the Center and peruse our collection. If you’re looking for a particular book or author, you can check our LibraryThing account online which can be accessed by clicking here.


The Women’s Center offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate women over the age of 25 seeking their first undergraduate degree.

The scholarship application for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship, the Bryson-Neville Scholarship, and the AEGON Scholarship have all been combined into one common application this year. The deadline to submit your application for the 2014-15 academic year is Friday, April 4, 2014. For more information, please visit our myUMBC group page or email

Our current Returning Women Scholars are encouraged to participate in our Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program. For more information related to our programming and services for Returning Women Scholars contact the Women’s Center at


Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Response Team and UMBC’s Voices Against Violence

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Response Team (SARVT) is comprised of representatives from University Counseling Services, University Health Services, Residential Life, The Women’s Center, The Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Police, The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, and others to ensure a coordinated effort is being made with regard to both prevention and victim service response. Confidentiality with regard to victim service response is highly respected at all stages in these meetings. This team of individuals works to make sure that UMBC community members are trained as first responders in a victim response situation, or can make a referral to University Counseling Services or the TurnAround, Inc. Helpline after hours.

The Voices Against Violence program seeks to create a safe and supportive community for women and men. The program provides two key services: to address several aspects of sexual and domestic violence from an educational and preventive approach, and to further a coordinated collaboration with all members of the university community to respond and educate about every aspect of sexual violence.

To be directly taken to the response protocol for faculty and staff, click here.

Relationship Violence Awareness & Prevention (RVAP)

UMBC Campus Police: Campus Police: 410-455-5555

Escort Service (via the UMBC police): 410-455-3133

University Health Services: 410-455-2542 (located in Erickson Hall)

University Counseling Center: 410-455-2472



Off-campus Resources for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence

Turn Around
Hotline: 410-828-6390 (24/7, local agency)
Helpline: 443-279-0379 (24/7, local agency)

Provides support, counseling, and information to victims of sexual assault, incest, child sexual assault, and domestic violence, regardless of sex or age. Individual and group counseling by appointment. Their office number is 410-377-8111

HopeWorks of Howard County (formerly known as the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County)
24-hour Helplines
Domestic violence - 410-997-2272/800-752-0191
Sexual assault - 410-997-3292

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County was founded in 1978, as a private non-profit comprehensive agency. The DVC is the sole provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Howard County. Being a comprehensive agency, the DVC helps all members of the family including women, children and men impacted by violence. The safety of our clients is our primary concern. The mission of the DVC is to reduce the harm and effects of domestic violence while working towards its elimination in Howard County.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network):
Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (24/7, free and confidential)

For those that prefer online support, RAINN also provides the first 24/7 a week online hotline

House of Ruth
Hotline: 410-889-RUTH (7884) (24/7, local agency)

Offers domestic violence services for women and children, including shelter, transitional housing, counseling, employment information, and legal services. 24-hour hotline provides confidential counseling, entry to shelter, referrals to counseling programs. Group support and individual counseling available for residents and nonresident women. Legal services available for shelter and for non-shelter victims in civil and criminal cases, including Orders of Protection, child custody, financial support. Services are provided to any battered women or children. Batterer's Counseling Program available.

Emergency Contraception (To prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex):
1-877-99-GO-4-EC (1-877-99-994-6432)

Emergency contraception can be obtained through Planned Parenthood (1-877-99-GO-4-EC). This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their staff can refer you to the closest Planned Parenthood location, and they can provide you with general information about emergency contraception. In addition, you can speak to a trained staff clinician about getting emergency contraception through an over-the-phone prescription that is picked up at a nearby pharmacy or at a Planned Parenthood clinic near you. (This service involves a consultation fee.)

The GLBT National Help Center:

Provides free and confidential support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people, and those with questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity through two national, toll-free hotlines and an Online Peer-Support Chat program, which allows private, one-on-one instant messaging (IM) with a trained peer-counselor, directly on the website. Provides factual information about GLBT issues, safer-sex info, local resources for cities and towns across the country and peer-counseling for people going through a difficult time. All volunteer peer-counselors are either gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men

24-hour hotline operated by staff and trained volunteers to offer information and crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence.

Grassroots Emergency Assistance Hotline

Individuals may call for a variety of reasons including suicide, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness or depression, and chemical dependency issues, among others. Callers may remain anonymous.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This is a free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-422-4453 or 1-800-422-0009

Other Helpful UMBC Resources

Office of Undergraduate Education

UMBC President's Commission for Women

Gender + Women's Studies

Childcare and Parent Resources

Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team

UMBC Outlist


Contact Information

The Commons, Room 004
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
410-455-2714 (voice)
410-455-1167 (fax)

Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs