State police create domestic violence coordinator positions

Coordinators to be assigned to all barracks, will review investigations

January 23, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

Victims of domestic violence across Maryland have a new team of advocates within the Maryland State Police.

On Wednesday, State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown announced a new position of domestic violence investigations coordinator at all 22 state police barracks.

The specially-trained coordinators will be tasked with following up with victims, informing them of their legal rights — involving peace or protective orders — and putting them in touch with counselors, police said.

The coordinators will follow up with every case involving domestic violence and other cases suspected of involving it, police said.

"The coordinators will ensure all available resources are utilized to protect the rights and safety of the victims and their families," Brown said in a statement. "The Maryland State Police is committed to make certain that each domestic violence investigation is conducted in a thorough and professional manner, yielding the best chance to end the cycle of violence and successfully prosecute the abuser."

Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact their local police barrack, police said, or call the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence at 800-MD-HELP.

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