Some seek changes in Maryland domestic violence laws

01/29/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Maryland – Senators in Maryland are being urged to strengthen the laws related to domestic violence in the state. As reported by The Baltimore Sun, several joined in support of legislation aimed at making available more protections for domestic violence victims on Tuesday, as some spoke about the issue to a state Senate committee.

Brandy King, who is seeking a change in the laws that would allow her to obtain a permanent protective order against her abusive ex-husband prior to his release from jail, spoke before the committee saying, “I don’t want to be one of those people you hear about in the news who has died because of domestic violence.”

As noted in the report, legislation that would lessen the difficulty for victims who are seeking an order of protection against an abuser is being backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley. Jeanne Hitchcock, O’Malley’s legislative director, said that due to the high standard of proof required for victims in order to obtain a protective order, over 3,000 orders were denied by judges in the state last year.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Maryland Legal News

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