Domestic violence is not a crime by itself in Maryland. In the past, domestic violence was charged in exactly the same way as a bar fight -- as assault.
The Baltimore Sun has recently released some statistics on the alleged domestic violence cases that arose in Maryland during the last year and the statistics may serve to create an unfair prejudice against men in domestic violence allegations. The statistics allegedly show that men are more likely to murder girlfriends, ex-girlfriends and wives than women are to kill boyfriends, ex-boyfriends and husbands. These kinds of statistics could lead to a stereotype that will immediately label men as the aggressors whenever domestic violence is suspected.