Tag Archives: domestic violence

Victims’ groups seek to end appearance fee in Md. protective orders

“All this bill does is basically clarify any ambiguity that an appearance fee cannot be charged to either side, either the petitioner’s or respondent’s side, in the circuit court,” says Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery and sponsor of the measure. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Groups representing Maryland domestic violence victims are urging lawmakers to enact legislation barring circuit court clerks from charging attorneys an appearance fee in protective order proceedings, saying the $10 to $20 charge creates a needless hurdle to legal representation at ...

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Bills would help shield addresses of domestic-violence survivors

‘Just because you are a victim of a violent crime...you don’t have to give up the dream of owning a home,’ Del. Anne Healey, D-Prince George’s, said of legislation she is sponsoring would allow domestic-violence survivors to use a substitute address through a state program in their property records. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS — Domestic violence, stalking and human-trafficking survivors would be given an opportunity to shield property records from abusers under three identical bills in the Maryland General Assembly this session. Maryland’s Safe At Home Address Confidentiality Program already provides a ...

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Differing versions of divorce-evidence bill emerge from General Assembly committees

Sen. Victor Ramirez, D-Prince George’s, sponsored cross-filed legislation with the House of Delegates to allow domestic violence orders to be introduced as evidence as divorce proceedings, only to see the bill edited in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. ‘I don’t particularly agree with how it was amended but that’s how we were able to get it out of committee,’ he told delegates Thursday. (File photo)

Legislation to allow domestic violence orders to be introduced as evidence in divorce proceedings has passed both houses of the Maryland General Assembly — but not without being limited by amendments by a Senate committee. The cross-filed bills repeal a ...

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October and DVAM bring a new awareness

Dorie Fain Big

October is a month where we call attention to an issue that is impacting so many people in so many different communities. DVAM – Domestic Violence Awareness Month and reflected in the purple banner that calls people to action – ...

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