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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published November 26, 2012

ADVISORY: LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO MARK OPENING OF BALTIMORE CITY SUPERVISED VISITATION CENTER



ADVISORY: LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO MARK OPENING OF BALTIMORE CITY SUPERVISED VISITATION CENTER

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LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO MARK OPENING OF BALTIMORE CITY SUPERVISED VISITATION CENTER


BALTIMORE, Md. (November 26, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Acting Director of the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Bea Hanson, domestic violence advocates, community members, and state and local officials, to announce the opening of the Baltimore City “Safe Havens” Visitation Center and Supervised Exchange program.
 
Creation of Safe Havens in Baltimore was made possible through a $400,000 cooperative agreement provided by the OVW. Supervised visitation services allow child or adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or child abuse to have parent-child contact in the presence of an appropriate third-party supervisor.
 
Combating domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was senselessly murdered by her estranged boyfriend. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective provided by this tragedy, Lt. Governor Brown has championed reforms to combat domestic violence. Brown championed successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws by giving judges the authority to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. During the 2010 Legislative Session, Brown worked with members of the General Assembly, domestic violence advocates and stakeholders to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order.  Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, domestic violence deaths in Maryland have dropped by 11.5% since 2007.



WHAT:       Lt. Governor Brown to Mark Opening of Baltimore City “Safe Havens” Supervised Visitation Center
 
WHERE:     The Family Tree
                    2108 N. Charles Street
                    Baltimore, MD 21218
 
WHEN:       TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
                        2:30 PM