Maryland Gov. O’Malley aims to reduce domestic abuse by 25 percent

As Emily Babay reports for the Washington Examiner, authorities in Maryland have distributed more than $9 million in funds from the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act, part of Maryland Gov. O’Malley’s effort to reduce domestic violence perpetrated against women and children.

Jennie Boden is the executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She says that in order to achieve a 25 percent reduction in violent crime against women and children, it all comes down to prevention.

As Babay reports, this news comes in the wake of two high-profile cases in Maryland involving allegations that a man murdered his wife and stepson, as well as another man who was accused of killing his stepdaughter.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said, “We need these resources to enhance prosecution of domestic abusers and to support the professionals who help victims through the legal system with dignity.”

There is no doubt that domestic violence is a problem in Maryland, but we should not forget that allegations of domestic violence should not always be taken at face value; the accused has every right as anyone else to a defense.

Source: The Washington Examiner, “Md. agencies get funds to curb domestic violence, help crime victims,” by Emily Babay, 11/5/11