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Sisters allegedly fight, 1 now faces domestic violence charges

When most people hear the term domestic violence, they often think of a spouse who is abusing another spouse. That, however, is a misconception because in Maryland, being married isn't necessary to face a domestic violence charge. A recent case between sisters highlights this point.

Change in Maryland domestic violence law impacts the accused

When emotions run high, things that normally wouldn't happen might happen. Claims might be made in the heat of the emotional situation that could lead to a petition for an order of protection being filed. In some cases, that is exactly what happens when claims of domestic violence are made. While it has been fairly difficult for someone to prove to the court that they have been a victim of domestic violence in Maryland, that will be changing later this year.

2 bills might change Maryland domestic violence laws

Domestic violence laws in Maryland currently require that a complainant present "clear and convincing" evidence that domestic violence occurred before the court can grant a protective order. In most other states, less evidence is required. House Bill 307 might change the evidence requirement in Maryland.

Maryland bill seeks to toughen domestic violence laws

Being accused of domestic violence can have serious consequences. If one Maryland lawmaker has a say in those consequences, legal proceedings for people accused of domestic violence might get tougher. In an effort to help keep victims of domestic violence safe, the family of a murdered woman went to the Maryland General Assembly to show their support for a bill nicknamed "Ronnesha's Law" after their relative. Some people, however, aren't convinced that this bill is appropriate.

Family violence increases in Maryland, surrounding area

Family violence arrests have increased in Maryland and surrounding areas as more people face domestic violence charges. Authorities in the area believe that financial pressures and new laws have contributed to the escalating problem. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, for example, reported data for every year from 2006 to 2010. In the last six years, arrests have almost doubled and even tripled in some counties. District of Columbia shelters also reported an escalation although police did not give specific statistics. While many counties in the area showed significant decreases between 2006 and 2007, those numbers then began increasing throughout the state.

Man falsely accused of rape

When it comes to matters of sex crimes, rape charges or domestic violence, we in Montgomery County need to know that we should never rush to judgment and assume an individual is guilty until all the facts are in. A recent story that has made national news forcefully makes this point.

Two Maryland men charged with domestic violence

In an interesting twist, Maryland State Police reported that two men with the same last name were charged with domestic violence. Both men were in their earlier twenties and both were charged with second-degree assault. The police also reported that it was unclear if the two men were related.

Alleged and real domestic violence occurs in all economic strata

It has been reported that rates of reported domestic violence have increased 30 percent since the economic downturn. Since 2007, allegation of domestic violence has been showing up in Maryland neighborhoods where it was never thought to be present.

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