Reducing Domestic Violence

Lt. Governor Brown testifies on domestic violence legislation

Lt. Governor Champions Expanded Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence in Maryland

During the 2014 Legislative Session, Lt. Governor Brown led the Administration's efforts to enact three pieces of legislation that strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Peace Orders and Protective Orders – Burden of Proof (HB 307) modifies the standard of proof when a victim seeks to obtain a final peace order or a final protective order from “clear and convincing evidence” to “a preponderance of the evidence.” This important change will ensure more victims have acccess to the proections they need.

Domestic Violence Permanent Final Protective Orders (HB 309) protects victims by adding second degree assault to the list of crimes for which a person can obtain a permanent final protective order.

Committing a Crime of Violence in the Presence of a Minor - Penalties (SB 337) holds abusers accountable by giving judges the authority to impose enhanced penalties for acts of domestic violence committed in the presence of a minor in the home.

Click here to read more about these new laws and the Lt. Governor's other accomplishments during the 2014 Legislative Session.


  • Reduced the number of women and children killed as a result of domestic violence by 32% since 2006
  • Decreased domestic assaults by 20% since 2006
  • Launched nine hospital-based domestic violence programs across Maryland
  • Championed legislation to make child neglect a criminal act in Maryland

Help us end domestic violence in Maryland. Visit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

Since 2010, the O'Malley-Brown Administration has doubled the number of hospital-based domestic violence programs in the state, an effort led by Lt. Governor Brown. This summer, he announced Maryland's tenth program, located at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Lt. Governor launches domestic violence program at UMMC

The program provides hospital-based crisis counseling, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up services to domestic violence victims. Read more on the program 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