Protection for victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County’s Circuit Court – Deaths from domestic violence are a continuing and preventable tragedy in Maryland. In each of the last three fiscal years, the number of domestic violence victims killed in Maryland has increased. From July 2011 through June 2012, 49 Maryland residents died as a result of domestic violence. Three children were among the dead. Even though Montgomery County accounts for only about one-sixth of the state’s population, nearly a quarter of the past year’s domestic violence deaths – 12 of the 49 – occurred in our county.
Fatalities represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the toll domestic violence takes on victims and their children. It is estimated that over 93,000 Montgomery County women will be attacked by an intimate partner at some time in their lives.Thousands of women in our county continue to be at risk for strangulation, rape, punching, detaining against their will, stalking and numerous other forms of assault. For most victims, domestic violence is not a single isolated act but rather a series of escalating incidents throughout the year.