Reducing Domestic Violence
New Laws Go Into Effect to Help Protect Victims in Maryland
Lt. Governor Brown kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, where he announced two new laws that went into effect this month to protect and assist victims of domestic violence.
As of October 1, Marylanders who are forced to leave a job to escape the threat of domestic violence are now eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, thanks to a new law sponsored by the Maryland Department of Labor and championed by Lt. Governor Brown during this year’s session of the General Assembly.
A second law also went into effect mandating that judges report whether or not defendants are found to have had a “domestically-related relationship” with their victims. Those found as such will have a notation added to their criminal record indicating they’ve committed a domestic violence related crime, which will be a valuable tool to help law enforcement track and monitor domestic violence offenders and reduce future occurrences.
- Reduced domestic violence deaths in Maryland by 11.5% since 2006
- Launched seven hospital-based domestic violence programs across Maryland
- Championed legislation to make child neglect a criminal act in Maryland
- Reduced violent crime statewide to lowest rates since 1975
Help us end domestic violence in Maryland. Visit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.
In observance of Adoption Awareness Month, Lt. Governor Brown helped kick off the Center for Adoption Support and Education's (CASE) program providing backpacks and resources to children who were recently adopted. See the photos here:
“If we can save one, two, three Marylanders from losing their life at the hands of a domestic abuser… we've done a good thing." –Lt. Governor Brown
- Statement on House Passage of VAWA 2.13.13
- Statement on Senate Passage of VAWA 2.13.13
- Maryland Receives Grant to Fund Health Care Based Domestic Violence Initiative 1.2.13
- Baltimore City Supervised Visitation Center Opening 11.27.12
- New Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program at GBMC 11.16.12
- Domestic Violence LAP Program Adopted by Prince George's Law Enforcement 10.23.12
- Lt. Gov. Provides Remarks at Governor's Housing Conference 10.16.12
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month: New Laws to Protect Victims 10.1.12
- Lt. Gov. Participates in White House Event in Support of Violence Against Women Act 4.18.12
- Signing of Civil Marriage Protection Act 3.1.12
- Lt. Gov., GOCCP, DHMH Urge Awareness of Teen Dating Violence 2.16.12
- Lt. Gov. Announces New Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program in Hagerstown 1.23.12
- Maryland Remembers Those Killed by Drunk Drivers 12.07.11
- Child Neglect Officially a Crime in Maryland 10.03.11