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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 29, 2011

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN RECOGNIZES ----VICTIM ADVOCATES AT GOVERNOR'S AWARDS LUNCHEON



Over 30 Individuals and Groups Honored at 17th Annual Awards Ceremony

FORT MEADE, Md. (April 29, 2011) - Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
honored leading victim advocates from across the State of Maryland at
the Governor's Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon at Club Meade, an event
held each year by the Maryland State Board of Victim Services to
recognize individuals and organizations that have provided exemplary
assistance and support services to victims of crime in Maryland. The
Lt. Governor thanked this year's honorees for their work to help victims
in Maryland and spoke to an audience of over 250 domestic violence and
victim advocates, law enforcement personnel, and other public safety
professionals about the O'Malley-Brown Administration's commitment to
improving public safety and increasing support for victims of crime.

"It is an honor to recognize this year's Victim Assistance Award winners
for their steadfast dedication to supporting those Marylanders whose
lives have been forever changed by senseless criminal acts," said Lt.
Governor Brown. "Governor O'Malley and I are committed to improving
public safety, ending domestic violence, and providing a robust network
of services for victims of crime. But helping victims requires support
from their whole community, and today's honorees have set a shining
example for how each of us can make a real difference in people's lives
every day."

The State Board of Victim Services has held the luncheon annually for
the last 17 years in conjunction with National Crime Victims Rights
Week. The Board was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1988 for
the purpose of monitoring, assessing, coordinating and making
recommendations concerning state and local efforts to assist victims of
crime.

This year, 30 individuals from across the public, private, and
non-profit arenas were recognized for their efforts to help victims.
Three group awards were also given out to the Kaizen Team at the
Maryland Criminal Compensation Board, Deputy Mark Metzler and Deputy
Edward Simmons of the Howard County Sheriff's Department, and the
Volunteer Victims Advocates group.

In addition, two major awards were presented at today's ceremony. The
Henry Gleim Memorial Award, recognizing an unsung hero who has given
unselfishly, generously, courageously and with hope for those who walk
in the path of victimization was given to Margery Patten, a volunteer at
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. and a public member of the
Maryland State Board of Victim Services. In 2001, Margery's son,
Michael, was the victim of one of Prince George's County's most heinous
murders. The case took years to prosecute, causing her to attend
countless hearings and suffer re-victimization. Ms. Patten has taken
her victimization and turned it into something positive by becoming an
advocate and providing moral support in the courtroom to other victims.
She works behind the scenes, puts in endless hours and is committed to
helping other victims who have suffered like she has.

The Virginia Mahoney Award, which recognizes one prominent state leader
or high-ranking official who has epitomized true leadership in support
of victim rights, was presented to Gary Maynard, Secretary of Maryland's
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Mr. Maynard
established a creative approach to making improvements to the Maryland
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). Secretary Maynard's
leadership has paved the way for a new direction and policy for the
respectful, sensitive and timely interaction with crime victims who
submit claims to CICB. [*Please see attached for full list of award
winners and descriptions of the major awards.]

Support and services for victims of crime, particularly domestic
violence, is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008,
his cousin Cathy was murdered by her estranged boyfriend during a
domestic dispute. Brown championed successful efforts in 2009 to improve
domestic violence laws and take guns out of the hands of domestic
abusers. During this year's Legislative Session, Brown worked with the
General Assembly to successfully enact legislation that will finally
make child neglect a crime in Maryland after years of unsuccessful
efforts.

Since taking office, the O'Malley-Brown administration has worked to
reduce violent crime in Maryland by 10 percent each year and reduce
violent crimes committed against women and children by 25 percent before
2012. Collaborating with state and local partners, they have reduced
violent crime statewide to the lowest rates since 1975, including
homicides which have dropped 12%.