Our Vision

That one day Maryland will be a state where families and relationships thrive on mutual trust and respect and where there is no place for violence.

Our Mission

To lead diverse community partners toward the common purpose of reducing the occurrence and impact of intimate partner violence.

Our DEI Statement


As the statewide domestic violence coalition, we work daily with local domestic violence service providers and other partners to eliminate intimate partner violence and create a safer Maryland.

Our work is led by our organizational beliefs:

  • We believe that oppression is the root of all violence.
  • We believe that to end intimate partner violence we must oppose all forms of oppression
  • We believe that to achieve justice requires us to address the intersectionality of all oppressions – including racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, genderism, ableism and all other forms of persecution.

We demonstrate our beliefs as pledge to acknowledge, empower and amplify the voices of those who are marginalized.

We work to honor our pledge by holding ourselves accountable to the implementing the following commitments on a daily basis:

  • We commit to dismantling the intersecting layer of oppression that promote injustice internally at our organization
  • We commit to dismantling the intersecting layers of oppression that promote injustice to survivors, local domestic violence programs and our partners
  • We commit to building a movement where all people, especially those with lived experiences of violence are welcomed
  • We employ an intersectional framework and pledge to uphold these values through our hiring practices, programming, public policy work, training and technical assistance.

We are committed to creating a safe, equitable and inclusive Maryland for all who live here by daily striving to demonstrate our organizational beliefs and living up to our commitments.

What We Do

Community Collaboration

MNADV collaborates with local, state, and national organizations and convened committees and task forces to improve the systems response to domestic violence in Maryland.

MNADV collaborations promote coordination and partnerships to improve services to domestic violence survivors, enhance resource sharing, and promote legislation and policies that increase victim safety and abuser accountability.

Awareness and Education

The MNADV promotes awareness and prevention of domestic violence by

  • Maintaining an informational website
  • Disseminating information via e-newsletters, social media platforms, and literature distribution.
  • Offering member domestic violence programs access to a language-interpretation service for survivors who speak languages other than English.
  • Tracking the loss of life caused by domestic violence through a statewide fatality database and holding an Annual Memorial Service.
  • Hosting an Annual Meeting and Awards event.

Training and Technical Assistance

MNADV national, statewide, and local domestic violence training helps advocates, counselors, social workers, health care providers, law enforcement officers, and other professionals gain new knowledge and skills to improve the response and services to domestic violence survivors.

MNADV provides technical assistance and develops resources to help domestic violence service providers and allied professionals in Maryland improve their response and services to domestic violence survivors.

Lethality Assessment Program (LAP)

MNADV provides technical assistance to promote, coordinate, and sustain (LAP) implementation in Maryland and across the country

Public Policy and Systems Advocacy

MNADV affects systemic change by monitoring state legislation educating policymakers about the potential impact of proposed laws on survivors, and through its coordination of policy advocacy.

MNADV Annual Reports