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MNADV News & Updates
annualmeetingMNADV's 36th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
Our 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner is being held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Annapolis. Ticket sales have been extended through October 20, 2016.
We are proud of all 15 of our event sponsors, which include Platinum Sponsors Decision Science, Inc. and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker and those who will receive recognition at the event:.
Keynote Speaker
  • Bea Hanson, U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
Annual Awards
  • Leadership: Rae Leonard, Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Leadership: Laura Joyce, Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy
  • Community Partners: Det. Sgt. Padraic Lacy, Maryland State Police-Westminster Barracks
  • Community Partners: Dr. Sean Heffernan, YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
  • Service: Cindy Moenius, YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
Program Honorees
  • Michelle Printy, Family Crisis Resource Center, Allegany Co.
  • Lindsey Romeo, Family & Children's Services, Carroll Co.
  • Donna Reilly, YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel Co.
David M. Sargent Lethality Assessment Program Awards
  • Law Enforcement: Prince George's County Police Department
  • Domestic Violence Program: Family and Children's Services of Central MD
  • Hospital: Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
Special Recognition
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Maryland State's Attorney's Association
purplebookLaunch of MNADV's Revised Purple Book for DVAM
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October, MNADV's quintessential publication, It Shouldn't Hurt to Go Home (also known as our "purple book"), is available in its newest edition.
This publication is an educational handbook for survivors and concerned community members to learn about domestic violence dynamics, available community resources, and steps to plan for safety.

This book has been updated to include High-Danger factors, technology tips, and new support planning and safety planning sections. Like all of our publications, we include the listings for the 24 hour domestic violence hotlines in Maryland.

laws New Maryland Laws to Assist Survivors Effective this Month
Legislation to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors, passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2016, took effect in Maryland on October 1, 2016. The legislation redefines the stalking crimes and expands the harassing and stalking behaviors covered by Peace Orders.

Criminal Law - Stalking (HB 155/SB 278)
The 2016 legislation redefines the crime of stalking, which enables stalking behaviors to be more successfully prosecuted. Previously, stalking was defined as a "malicious course of conduct that includes approaching or pursuing another where the person intends to place or knows or reasonably should have known the conduct would place another in reasonable fear of: serious bodily injury; an assault in any degree; rape or sexual offense or attempted rape or sexual offense; false imprisonment; or death." The new law adds new language that the person charged with stalking "intends to cause or knows or reasonably should have known that the conduct would cause serious emotional distress to another." The primary sponsors of the legislation were Delegate Kathleen Dumais and Senator Susan Lee.

Peace Orders - Grounds for Relief (HB 314/SB 346)
This legislation expanded the list of harassing and stalking behaviors for which a petitioner is available for relief under the Peace Order. The following offenses were added: misuse of telephone facilities and equipment; misuse of electronic communication or interactive computer service; revenge porn; and visual surveillance. The primary sponsors of the legislation were Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary and Senator Victor Ramirez.
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africanProviding Culturally Relevant Services to African Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence 
As part of the MNADV Culturally Specific Service Provider Round Table's Cultural Competency Training Series, a statewide workshop, Providing Culturally Relevant Services to African Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence,will be held on November 15, 2016 from 10:30 am-4:30 pm in Laurel. Our speaker include:
  • Sheri Laigle, LCSW-C, Therapist, Montgomery County Abused Persons Program
  • Lillian Agbeyegbe, DrPH, CHES, CPH, Executive Director, The Rest Of A Life (TROAL)
  • Two survivors will share their stories
joinBecome a New or Renewing MNADV Member!
Your membership contributes to the collective power of the statewide efforts to eliminate domestic violence. As a member, you are a part of our voice in Annapolis and in Washington. Your membership makes a difference!

Membership is effective from October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017. Benefits include access to information, resources, trainings, publications, and advocacy opportunities. Join or renew your individual or organizational membership today.
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