Domestic violence

Soem of you probably heard of the tragic murder of Amber Danielle Schinault earlier last week in Berwyn Heights. Ms. Schinault’s ex-boyfriend, who had a history of violence against her, has been arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He had a protective order out against him based on past violence, but unfortunately this wasn’t enough to stop the murder.

Domestic violence is a serious issue in our community, and there are a lot of resources out there in our county for people who are facing similar situations. The House of Ruth Maryland provides emergency shelter for domestic violence victims, and the Prince George’s County Family Crisis Center provides counseling and safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Although it’s not certain whether Ms. Schinault knew about these resources or whether they could have helped her, it’s important that people know about them and have them available when they or people they know become victims of domestic violence.

More information about these resources is available here. please pass them along to anyone you know who might need them.

[posted by Council member Wojahn @ NCP list serve]