Governor Hogan Encourages Marylanders to Work Toward Ending Domestic Violence
Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation marking October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, presented today by Executive Director Glenn Fueston of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services to the Governor’s Family Violence Council. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held in 1987, the same year that the first national toll-free domestic violence hotline was created. According to the latest Maryland’s Uniform Crime Report data, there were an average of 30,785 domestic violence-related crimes each year and 57 domestic violence-related homicides in Maryland between 2013 and 2018.
“Our administration is committed to protecting, supporting, and honoring survivors of domestic violence and those who have lost their lives to this horrible crime,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We will continue to support programs, organizations, and legislation that help secure the safety of victims, while also holding abusers accountable to make Maryland safer for all.”
Governor Hogan has supported numerous programs and legislation that support victims of domestic and sexual violence, including the Rape Survivor – Family Protection Act, the Maryland “Safe-at-Home” Address Confidentiality Program, and the Victims of Crime Assistance Grant Program. Since 2015, the Hogan Administration, through the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, has allocated $140 million to organizations working with victims of domestic violence. This has led to increased safety for nearly 98,000 victims, while 84,000 people affected by domestic violence reported increased self-sufficiency as a result of services received through domestic violence organizations during that same time period.
“We value the strong partnerships we have with organizations that work to end domestic violence and address its impact,” said Executive Director Fueston. “We will continue to work tirelessly to connect victims and survivors with tools that can help make them safer, more self-sufficient, and aware of resources in order for them to rebuild their lives and create brighter futures.”
The Governor’s Family Violence Council provides the Governor with timely and accurate information on family violence with recommendations that will reduce and eliminate abusive behaviors. The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services works closely with victim service providers across the state to connect victims of crime, including victims of domestic violence, with resources to help them achieve safety, self-sufficiency, and awareness of information. This includes extensive work in partnership with the Governor’s Family Violence Council and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services, which ensures that all crime victims in the State of Maryland receive justice and are treated with dignity and compassion through comprehensive victim services.