ANNAPOLIS, Md. - State Sen. Brian Frosh said he plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session designed to establish a more reasonable burden of proof for victims seeking to obtain final protective orders.
According to a news release, Frosh Maryland is the only state that requires victims to provide "clear and convincing" evidence in order to obtain a permanent protective order. In 2012, there were 1,777 cases in which victims were unable to meet this burden of proof in a Maryland court and were denied a final protective order.
"Maryland's law puts victims in danger," said Frosh in a statement. "It allows abuse to continue. That is wrong. The legal system should offer protection, not hurdles. We should be making victims feel safe, not making them beg for help."
The House of Ruth and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence are among the organizations backing the legislation sponsored by Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat running for attorney general.
Frosh's announcement comes on the same week that he said he plans to file legislation that would make it a crime for individuals to post false online ads soliciting strangers to commit acts of sexual assault and rape.