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2 bills aim to protect Maryland victims of domestic violence

Those Maryland residents who have ever been victims of domestic violence know just how challenging and pervasive of a problem it can be. There are thousands of domestic violence reports each year in Baltimore alone. Those who are going through divorce after having suffered from an abusive spouse know just how important it can be to make resources readily available for such victims. Maryland officials are now considering two separate bills intended to help make those who have gone through domestic violence safer.

Act intended to help domestic violence victims renewed

Advocates who support greater protections for women recently scored a big victory when President Obama signed an expanded Violence Against Women Act into law. The previous version of the Act expired a year and a half ago when Congress failed to reach an agreement on extending it. This Act is geared toward protecting victims of both sexual and domestic violence, and Maryland residents who are going through their own domestic violence troubles may wish to research the protections provided to them by this law.

Maryland man found guilty of domestic violence

A Maryland man now faces the consequences of committing domestic violence. He and his romantic partner had a serious altercation back in 2009 that allegedly resulted in different types of abuse. Also, he is charged with beating his partner again in 2011. During the second reported encounter, the victim received injuries which landed her in the hospital. Because of these charges of domestic violence, the man has been found guilty in Prince George's County and must serve forty years in prison.

Maryland pilots domestic violence program

A program that was piloted in Maryland may now affect how police respond to domestic violence all over the country. The program is intended to prevent domestic abuse situations from escalating into tragedy, as well as change the way that law enforcement handles such situations. The program requires police officers to be trained in the appropriate ways to deal with people who are involved in a domestic violence incident.

Maryland women may undergo domestic violence screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of medical doctors who advise the federal government, recently urged doctors and clinics to screen women aged 14-46 for signs of domestic abuse. This screening would take place in situations when there are no obvious signs of sexual or physical violence. Time will tell if this recommendation will protect more women from abuse and lead to more domestic violence charges in Maryland and elsewhere.

Nonprofit awards grants in Maryland to combat domestic violence

Verizon representatives recently met with law officials in Maryland to honor local non-profit agencies who are working to fight domestic violence. Thirteen charities from across Maryland received grant money from Verizon to help raise awareness and stop domestic violence. Domestic violence is serious but often preventable, and those victimized by it have options to protect themselves.

How an abusive relationship affects divorce in Maryland

Maryland readers may be interested in a recent report stating that women who are in abusive relationships may have more complicated divorces financially. The report indicates that each year over five million women suffer from physical abuse at the hands of a spouse or boyfriend. This high number does not account for men who are in an abusive relationship, a phenomenon that is not altogether uncommon.

Domestic violence cases in Maryland may resemble celebrity case

Maryland couples likely know that disagreements are very common in relationships. Unfortunately, in some cases, the disagreement can escalate beyond words to physical actions which can be violent and injurious. When a spouse or partner is abused or injured as a result, it is important that they seek help immediately.Domestic violence is perhaps one of the most difficult crimes to report, but these cases can be successfully navigated when the abused person is willing to come forward.

Asian-Americans less likely to report domestic violence

A recent study published by a researcher at a major university demonstrates that cultural differences can affect how individuals react to domestic violence. According to that researcher, Maryland victims of domestic violence who are Asian-Americans may be much less likely to report incidents to law enforcement or even seek medical care for their injuries.

Routine domestic violence screenings may reduce abuse, save lives

Maryland advocates for the prevention of domestic violence may be glad to know that a new analysis on domestic violence reveals that routine screening for domestic violence in women could reduce cases of abuse and injuries. A review is being conducted by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force that has already indicated that routine screening for domestic violence could prevent future abuse.

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