Domestic violence coalition receives $1 million grant

Money will go to expanding program that identifies high-risk victims

March 27, 2013|By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence will receive a $1 million Department of Justice grant to expand a program that identifies women who are at high risk of domestic violence, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said Wednesday.

The statewide initiative trains police and hospital staff to assess the possibility of domestic violence homicides when they first confront victims and quickly direct those women to shelters or other services. Vice President Joe Biden mentioned the effort during an event in Montgomery County this month.

Each year, approximately 2.3 million women nationwide and 20,000 in Maryland are victims of domestic violence, according to Mikulski, who has sought the funding.

"No woman in this country should live in fear for her life or that of her kids," she said.

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