Reducing Domestic Violence
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.
- 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.
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
- New Domestic Violence Laws Championed by Lt. Gov. Take Effect October 1 10.1.14
- Statement on 20th Anniversary of VAWA 9.10.14
- Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program Launched at UMMC 8.11.14
- Lt. Gov. Greets Foster Parents at Baltimore City Mother's Day Breakfast 5.12.14
- 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
- Maryland Receives Grant to Fund Health Care Based Domestic Violence Initiative 1.2.13