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Betty Ann Krahnke Center?


Monetary donations: Please call
301-840-3225 to get more information, or visit our website at

To see a complete WISH LIST of items needed for the women and children at BAK, please click HERE.

Depending upon your level of donation, your name or business name can be printed on the center's marketing materials and website. The center is also looking for donations to help with landscaping, painting and/or decorating of common room areas.




Betty Ann Krahnke Center

The Betty Ann Krahnke Center (BAK), founded in 2000, is the only domestic violence shelter serving Montgomery County, Maryland. With a 54-bed capacity, BAK provides safety for women and their children, support in trauma recovery and empowerment to increase their personal safety within the community. With the assistance of individual therapists and case managers, women are empowered to create a new future for themselves and their children that is free of abuse, coercion and fear.

BAK serves more than 200 abused women and nearly 350 children. Currently, 60% of those residing at the center are children from newborns to 18 years old. To download a brochure, please click HERE.

 Domestic Violence:

  •  Occurs in all age, racial, gender, religious, socio-economic,  educational and occupational groups
  •  Is learned behavior
  •  Involves repetitive behavior encompassing different types  of abuse: physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and  financial
  •  Involves repetitive behavior encompassing different types  of abuse: physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and  financial
  •  Differentially affects men and women; Women experience  more violence, more severe violence and more serious  injuries than male victims of domestic violence

Domestic Violence is of Epidemic Proportions:

  •  Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten
  •  1 in 3 or 4 women is battered once in her lifetime
  •  Annually, more than 4,000 men murder their intimate  partners
  •  The cost of domestic violence exceeds 5.8 billion  dollars each year. 4.1 billion of that amount is for  direct  medical and mental health service


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