An­nual Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Memo­rial set for Feb. 13

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The Maryland Net­work Against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence will hold its 29th An­nual Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Memo­rial Ser­vice 7-8 p.m. on Mon­day, Feb. 13, in the Joint Hear­ing Room of the Leg­isla­tive Ser­vices Build­ing in An­napo­lis. The memo­rial ser­vice will re­mem­ber the women, men, and chil­dren who died as a re­sult of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence dur­ing the past year, cel­e­brate the sur vivors and fo­cus at­ten­tion on chang­ing laws to re­duce do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, im­prove vic­tim safety, and pro­vide greater abuser ac­count­abil­ity.

The memo­rial ser­vice aims to heighten aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and re­minds the com­mu­nity of the ter­ri­ble toll that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence takes each year on fam­i­lies in Maryland, but it also fo­cuses on positive ac­tions that can pre­vent fu­ture tragedies. The event will in­clude speak­ers who will ad­dress the preva­lence and se­ri­ous­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in our state, and state leg­is­la­tors and other pub­lic of­fi­cials, com­muni- ty lead­ers, ad­vo­cates and sur­vivors will join to­gether to reaf­firm the com- mit­ment to end vi­o­lence in our homes. The names of the in­di­vid­u­als who died as a re­sult of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence be­tween July 2015 and June 2016 will be read.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the memo­rial ser­vice or the MNADV Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Leg­isla­tive Agenda, con­tact the Maryland Net­work Against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence at 301-429-3601.

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