Maryland Domestic Violence Registry Revisited
A pregnant woman in Prince George County was set on fire in what police are alleging was a domestic violence incident. The crime is causing some in the state to take a renewed interest in the creation of a domestic violence registry throughout the state, much like the sex offender registry already in place.
While such a registry seems to make sense on the surface, it is not without staunch debate. Most do not negate the fact that women and men would be safer if they had knowledge that new lovers and partners had a history of domestic violence. What is contested is that such a registry may have unintended consequences.
Proponents of the registry point to a 2016 study that says such a registry may prevent victims of domestic violence from coming forward due to privacy concerns. The study published by the National Domestic Violence Hotline detailed the fact that 60 percent or more of domestic violence victims did not contact authorities due to concerns over privacy and possible retaliation. There is fear that such a registry would be in violation of privacy rights of victims. There is also concern that such a requirement would cause more abusers to retaliate against those who come forward to press charges.
For now, the idea is simply being discussed. Where those discussions will lead is unknown.
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