SARC was established in 1978 after a year-long, grassroots effort by Harford County residents reacting to a lack of services and support for victims of sexual violence. Their focus very quickly included victims of domestic violence whose presence in Harford County was consistent with the national numbers at that time. The Harford County Commission for Women was instrumental in arranging funding for the new center. In the spring of 1978, funds from a federal grant, a state grant, and the county made it possible to open the center in the Community Services Building in Aberdeen, Maryland. The existing hotline service was merged with the rape crisis/battered spouse hotline and was covered by trained volunteers.
During the next decade, SARC moved twice and is now located in Bel Air. The agency has grown to include a domestic violence program serving victims, batterers, and children; a sexual violence program serving adult and child victims; a legal advocacy program serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; a 28-bed emergency shelter; community outreach and education services; a 24-hour helpline; and an administrative staff.
Combined Federal Campaign: 22909
United Way: 500
Maryland Charity Campaign: 521224705
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