Women and Public Safety
Crime by Police District
The chart below shows the per capita crime rates for serious ("Part I") crimes against person and property and for lesser Part II crimes for each of the six police districts in Montgomery County.
State-wide, women accounted for 25% of all arrests in 2016 and for a majority of arrests in only 3 of the 32 reporting categories: prostitution (60%), runaways (56%), and drunkenness (54%, based on only 13 total arrests).
Women accounted for less than a third (32%) of the traffic citations and warnings issued in 2017 (based on traffic stop data posted to dataMontgomery). In particular, women are far less likely than men to be cited for reckless driving (1,101 vs. 3,708) and impaired driving (1,586 vs. 5,347). While still accounting for a lower share than men, women are responsible for a relatively high share of citations for mobile phone use (43%) and for car driver charges related to pedestrians and bicycles (41%). Speeding, traffic sign, and driver license related citations account for the top 3 categories for both men and women. Across categories, women receive a warning rather than a citation in 60% of cases versus 52% of cases for men.
Domestic Violence by Relationship Type
Female cohabitants, female intimate partners, wives, and
individuals with a child in common account for 52% of all domestic violence victims in the state of Maryland in 2016. Overall, 69% of the victims of domestic violence were women. The chart below shows the most common types of relationships recorded for domestic violence incidences (i.e. the relationship of the victim to the offender), based on state-wide data.
Lives Lost to Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Protective Orders
Domestic Violence Court Cases
Domestic Violence Services
The 12th annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services, conducted on September 13 in 2017, reports that domestic violence programs in Maryland (based on data from 21 of the 22 identified service providers) served 926 victims on that day, with 448 receiving emergency shelters or transitional housing and with 478 adults and children receiving non-residential assistance, such as counseling, legal advocacy, and children's support groups. On this same day, local and state domestic violence hotline staff answered 466, 19 calls per hour (down from 21 in the preceding year). Nationally, hotline staff receive 14 calls every minute. In addition, 81 residents attended one of the four prevention and education training sessions offered that day. The study reported that 126 victims in Maryland that day had unmet requests for services, ranging from housing to childcare to legal representation.
Women in Law Enforcement
Montgomery County ranks second among all Maryland counties for the share of its law enforcement employees who are women. 29% of Montgomery County law enforcement employees are women. Within Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Police Department leads the way with a 31% share. Note that these figures include both civilian and sworn law enforcement employees.