A group of men have been recognized for their efforts to stop domestic violence in Charles County, Maryland.

The Center for Abused Persons held a ceremony to honor their actions at the Waldorf Jaycees on Crain Highway Thursday morning.

Organizers said each person has gone out of their way to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims.

One such person is Charles County Sheriff's Detective Jack Austin. The department said he tirelessly worked a case where a woman was bound and then sexually assaulted by her boyfriend.

Other men, like veteran Marvin Marion, have helped women practice self-defense.

"We wanted to give voice to men who often are not seen as the partners that they should be in the fight against violence," said Michelle Bradford, president of the board of directors for the Center for Abused Persons.

The men honored were as follows:

  • Det. Jack Austin
  • State's Attorney Anthony Covington
  • Rev. Steve Davis
  • MD Del. C.T. Wilson
  • Capt. Stephen Salvas
  • Marvin Marion
  • Irwin Raiman
  • Stephen Stowers
  • Joseph Stine