State police seek grant to aid domestic violence programs Funds would bolster units in Carroll, Shore counties

June 19, 1996|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police are seeking federal help to launch two projects, one in Carroll and another serving five Eastern Shore counties, that for the first time would provide a coordinated approach to the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases in rural areas.

The agency is requesting between $500,000 and $700,000 to hire investigators who would specialize in domestic violence, expand shelters for victims and their children, and train police officers in the most effective ways to respond to domestic violence calls.

If successful, the 18-month pilot programs will serve as models for initiatives throughout the state, said Capt. Douglas Ward of the department's planning and research division.

"The grant would give us the money to pay for a dedicated unit of investigators right from the start, which is something we've never had before," said Sandra L. Rappeport, Carroll County district director of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, which provides counseling and other support services to victims of domestic violence.

Rappeport said the grant would make it possible to reach victims of domestic violence who have been reluctant to seek help from the criminal justice system.

Pub Date: 6/19/96

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