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Biden Commends Maryland's Domestic Violence Murder Rate

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Vice President Joe Biden and actress Mariska Hartigay at the announcement in Rockville.
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Vice President Joe Biden and actress Mariska Hartigay at the announcement in Rockville.

Maryland's domestic violence murder rate has dropped dramatically over the past five years. The federal government is taking notice and working to make the rest of the country like the Bay State.

Vice president Joe Biden announced 12 cities and counties across the country that will receive grants to modernize their domestic violence prevention efforts. He made the announcement in Rockville, to highlight Maryland's Network Against Domestic Violence. The program led to a screening of abusers and victims that is credited with a 34 percent drop in domestic violence murders in the last five years. Biden told state and local leaders, including governor Martin O'Malley, that he wants the nation to follow Maryland's lead.

"A lot of people have told us over the years since we began this effort in the violence against women field 'there are certain behaviors you can't change Joe.'" said Biden. "You've heard it governor. There are certain things you can't legislate. You can't legislate familial relationships. You can't legislate what we used to call crimes of passion."

Biden was joined at the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder and actress Mariska Hartigay, known best for her role on TV's Law & Order SVU. She also heads a foundation for sexually abused women.

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