Action to support preventing initial and repeat occurrences of violence against spouses, domestic partners, the elderly, and children. - Action to support a strong statewide response to violence that is integrated, interdisciplinary, and adequately funded, involving all segments of the law-enforcement and judicial systems, the medical community, the schools, social services, animal care and control agencies, and the private sector, with a primary focus on the safety of victims. (2000)
- Counseling for abused women, children and batterers.
- A “seamless response” to domestic violence throughout the state.
- Early intervention where child behavior may signify abuse.
- Programs to sensitize police and judicial personnel, health care providers, mental health workers, social service workers, businesses, community groups, educators, and veterinarians and animal care workers to indicators of abuse.
- Adequate funding of domestic violence programs.
- Forceful implementation of laws.
- Safe homes to meet the needs of elderly victims.
- Facilities for pets who are not permitted in shelters.
- Research to develop programs and laws which will stop domestic violence.
Background: These positions result from concurrence with proposed positions developed by a resource committee formed by LWVMD board. The 1999 LWVMD Convention considered the board's recommendation for a full study of Domestic Violence, with consensus to follow: Delegates decided, instead, to adopt a study with concurrence because of concerns that we be able to testify on legislation in the 2000 General Assembly.
- Supported (in conjunction with the Network Against Domestic Violence and the Family Violence Council, now called the Forum Against Domestic Violence) legislation allowing enforcement of out-of-state protective orders in Maryland. (2001 – achieved)
- Supported legislation establishing aggravated cruelty to animals as a felony, and requiring psychological counseling for convicted offenders. (2001 – achieved)
- Supported enabling courts to consider a victim's request that, as a condition of pre-trial release, the alleged abuser have no contact with the victim. (2001 – achieved)
- Opposed bills to treat Domestic Violence less seriously than current practice. (2001 – defeated)
- Supported the 24/7 access bill which empowers District Court Commissioners to issue interim civil orders of protection when courts are not open—weekends, holidays, evenings (2002—achieved)
- Supported a bill which makes stalking much easier to prosecute. (2003 – achieved)
- Supported closing a loophole in the rape shield as it applies to sexual child abuse cases. (2003 –achieved)
- Supported strengthening the basis for prosecuting domestic violence, including “No Means No.” (2004-05 – not achieved)
- Supported legislation to extend duration of protective orders to a year or more. (2006-07 – not achieved)
- Supported legislation to allow judges to order a respondent under a Protective Order (PO) to surrender firearms. (Passed – 2009)