Reducing Domestic Violence
New Legislation Introduced to Expand Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
During the 2014 Legislative Session, Lt. Governor Brown will lead 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 would modify 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.”
Domestic Violence – Permanent Final Protective Orders seeks to add second degree assault to the list of crimes for which a person can obtain a permanent final protective order and would require that an abuser only be sentenced to at least 5 years in prison, as opposed to serving at least 5 years, before the victim can obtain a permanent final protective order.
Crimes Committed in the Presence of a Minor would give courts the ability to impose an enhanced penalty of up to 5 years - in addition to any other imposed sentence - for crimes of violence that are both domestically related and committed in the presence of a minor.
- 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 eight 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.
This fall, Lt. Governor Brown joined Howard County Executive Ulman to announce the creation of MD's eighth hospital-based domestic violence program, located at Howard County General Hospital.
The program, a partnership with the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, will include specialized training and screening tools for hospital staff and improved patient follow-up and tracking.
“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
- Final Passage of Bill that Holds Abusers Accountable for Violence in Front of Children 4.3.14
- Lt. Gov.'s Domestic Violence Legislation Receives Final Passage 3.31.14
- New Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital 3.31.14
- Senate Passes Legislation on Violence Committed in Front of Children 3.13.14
- House Passes Administration's Domestic Violence Package 3.6.14
- Lt. Gov. Leads Panel in Support of Domestic Violence Bills 2.21.14
- Senate Approves Legislation Reducing Burden of Proof for Protective Orders 2.7.14
- Senate Hearings on Administration's Domestic Violence Package 1.28.14
- $850,000 Grant for Pr. George's State's Attorney's Office 9.19.13
- 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
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month: New Laws to Protect Victims 10.1.12