Washington College has been working with Maryland State Police (MSP) and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) on a domestic violence initiative for the State of Maryland. This initiative focuses on the mapping and analysis of domestic violence incidences at various geographic levels including zip codes, block groups, census tracts, and police districts.
Controlling and reducing the number of domestic violence cases in Maryland was one of the goals in the previous Governor Martin O’Malley’s crime control and prevention plan. One of the main concerns that were highlighted at StateStat is that no one is able to identify exactly where domestic violence is occurring except by reporting total numbers on a county level. To help resolve this issue, since 2011, Washington College’s Crime Mapping and Analysis Program (CMAP) has been converting hand-written domestic violence reports (Form 9B’s) from every law enforcement agency in Maryland into a digital database. After the records are converted, this information is used to geocode the location of each domestic violence incident and to create maps which visually display incidences at various geographic levels including zip codes, block groups, census tracts and police districts. The maps include break downs that display the data by total count of domestic violence occurrences, percent of population, raw change in numbers over a selected time period, and percent of change over a selected time period. Through this on-going project, CMAP is proud to assist the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in creating methodologies and procedures for crime analysis related to domestic violence in Maryland.