Legal Advocacy

What is Happening in the News

Maryland State:

  • The 446th legislative session of the General Assembly will meet in Annapolis, Maryland from January 10 to April 8, 2024.
  • Please return to this website for updates on upcoming legislation.


  • The proposed FY 2024 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants allocation is 40% less than it was in FY 2023. NNEDV is doing advocacy around this issue, calling on Congress and the President to restore full funding for VOCA.
  • The S. v Rahimi is a Supreme Court Case that IPV advocates are closely monitoring. In February, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a federal law banning gun possession for those subject to a domestic violence civil protective order. The Supreme Court is set to hear this case and the call is for them to overturn the lower courts' ruling. Here is a link to an article from BWJP about the case.

Make Your Voice Heard

One of those effective ways of having your voice heard is by letter-writing.  We encourage constituents to send letters to express their feelings in support or against legislation.  Please find your local lawmakers and use the template as a guide to writing your letter.

Template Letter to Lawmakers:


The Honorable (First name)(Last name)

Address City, State (Zip Code)

RE: [insert bill]

Dear (Representative/Senator/Congressman or Congresswoman) (Last name):

My name is (your first and last name) and I am a (family member /service provider/advocate/community member) who resides in your district. I have recently heard there is interest to draft legislation to: [insert summary of bill].  (State why you support or oppose the bill or other issue here.

 Choose up to three of the strongest points that support your position and state them clearly.) (Include a personal story. Tell your representative why the issue is important to you and how it affects you, your family member and your community.)

I appreciate your help and ask that you please send me a response letting me know if you are able to [insert bill] 


Print your name Street address City, State, Zip code