As Emily Babay reports for the Washington Examiner, authorities in Maryland
have distributed more than $9 million in funds from the Violence Against
Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act, part of Maryland Gov. O’Malley’s
effort to reduce
domestic violence perpetrated against women and children.
Jennie Boden is the executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against
Sexual Assault. She says that in order to achieve a 25 percent reduction
in violent crime against women and children, it all comes down to prevention.
As Babay reports, this news comes in the wake of two high-profile cases
in Maryland involving allegations that a man murdered his wife and stepson,
as well as another man who was accused of killing his stepdaughter.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said, “We need these resources
to enhance prosecution of domestic abusers and to support the professionals
who help victims through the legal system with dignity.”
There is no doubt that domestic violence is a problem in Maryland, but
we should not forget that allegations of domestic violence should not
always be taken at face value; the accused has every right as anyone else
to a defense.