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Domestic Violence


 When spouses, intimate partners, or dates use physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, harassment, or stalking to control the behavior of their partners, they are committing domestic violence. Most victims of domestic violence are women. Children who witness domestic violence are also victims; they suffer from behavioral and cognitive problems.  Boys, especially, are more likely to be aggressive and engage in criminal behavior if they grow up in homes where domestic violence exists.

 If you are being battered—or you know that a relative, friend, or neighbor is being battered by a spouse or intimate partner—call the police right away for help, if you can get to a phone safely. Don't be afraid to ask for immediate help. Domestic violence is a crime, not a "private family matter."

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Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
1-800-MD-HELPS or 301-352-4574
301-809-0422 (Fax)

6911 Laurel-Bowie Road
Suite 309, Bowie, MD 20715
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Federal Brochure

Federal Domestic Violence Laws Brochure
United States Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

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