These service standards have been developed in collaboration by a group of conscientious and experienced practitioners. In the Spring of 2013, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) Board of Directors established a Domestic Violence Services Committee to develop program standards for domestic violence programs. Representatives from domestic violence programs began participating on monthly meetings and conference calls to develop standards that are firmly rooted in best practices and legal requirements and are flexible enough to meet the diverse needs and practices of programs throughout the State.
These standards are intended to be used as a guide and resource by new and existing organizations that offer domestic violence services. When considering developing or changing a service, policy, or practice, these standards can be adopted. While Maryland is one of the few states that does not have a formal domestic violence program certification process, these voluntary standards are an important step towards more consistent, quality, accessible services across the state.