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Domestic violence charges become eligible for expungement

When you are the victim of domestic abuse, the last thing you want to happen is for your abuser to get off scott-free after you worked so hard to get him or her punished for what he or she did to you. While domestic violence crimes can receive criminal punishments, a new law that goes into effect in 2017 will make it possible for some people who are convicted of domestic violence to have their record expunged.

Domestic violence cases can require legal representation

Domestic violence cases often involve very personal matters that can be hard to share with others. Whether you are facing domestic violence charges or making the accusations of domestic violence, you need to ensure that you have representation that puts your needs at the heart of the matter.

Protect yourself from domestic abuse of all sorts

Domestic violence is never something that is acceptable. There are a host of different types of domestic abuse that you might be subjected to when you are in a relationship. Many people automatically think about physical abuse; however, you might also suffer from financial, emotional or mental abuse. We know that you might have some concerns when you are leaving an abusive relationship. We can help you to learn ways that you can protect yourself when you are leaving a relationship that involves being mistreated.

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou campaign notes other types of abuse

Users of the social media site Twitter may have noticed the trending hashtag "#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou." This campaign that grew legs and spread across the Internet was an attempt by a Dominican-American writer to address the worldwide problem of emotional and psychological abuse by intimate partners.

Lawmaker seeks to strengthen Maryland's domestic violence law

On March 9, Maryland legislators held a hearing on a domestic violence bill that would amend the definition of domestic violence to include malicious destruction of property and harassment. Discussion of the bill, House Bill 1396, followed seven murders related to domestic violence in Prince George's County alone this year.

Maryland lawmakers consider Amber's Bill

Maryland state legislators are holding hearings on a proposed piece of legislation referred to as Amber's Bill. It was named for a woman who was killed in Berwyn Heights in 2012 by her ex-boyfriend who was reportedly distraught over their break-up. He was found guilty of killing her by slashing her throat. She had obtained a protective order against the man, but that was not enough to protect her.

Bill limiting purchase of guns during divorce getting a rewrite

We've previously discussed the legal measures here in Maryland and throughout the country to try to keep guns out of the hands of people who have been convicted of domestic violence. According to the group Everytown for Gun Safety, 48 women are shot to death each month in this country by a current or former spouse or boyfriend.

Why do domestic violence hotline calls drop over the holidays?

Many people assume that incidents of domestic violence increase over the holidays. People may be off of work and therefore together more than they'd normally be. Alcohol consumption may increase thanks to holiday get-togethers and bowl games. The increased stress of family visitors, shopping and general holiday preparation can put people on edge. If a couple is already in a precarious financial situation, the prospect of having to buy gifts for the kids, family and friends can push some people over the edge.

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