In 2020, 56 Marylanders lost their lives to domestic violence, according to a report published by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. This is the highest number of fatalities recorded since 2007.
Fortunately, Calvert County had zero domestic violence-related deaths in 2020. Nevertheless, domestic violence remains a serious problem in our County. In 2019, the State’s Attorney’s Office handled 343 DV cases. From July 1, 2020 to September 14, 2021, we handled 382 cases.
The Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office has a Domestic Violence Unit assigned to prosecute these kinds of cases. It is currently staffed by one attorney, one victim advocate and one investigator. In addition, an attorney in the District Court Division has been designated to handle a DV docket once per month (there are two dedicated DV dockets in District Court each month). The Unit may be contacted at 410-535-1600 x2369.
Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert Harvey has requested funding for another full-time domestic violence prosecutor in his 2023 budget submission to the Board of County Commissioners.