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Decriminalizing Survivors

Session 3: 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM  |  Room 304

This panel will address efforts in Maryland and nationally to decriminalize survivors of domestic abuse. Prof. Goodmark was featured on the podcast, “Believe Her,” which focused on a NY case of a survivor who was charged with killing her abuser. Like so many other survivors, many systems failed her. How can advocates and lawyers better protect survivors from these types of prosecutions? What policy changes are needed?


  1. Sarah Tietz, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
  2. Leigh Goodmark, University of Maryland Law
  3. Shekhinah Braveheart, Justice Policy Institute