ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is highlighting two new laws that are taking effect to protect victims of domestic violence.

Brown will talk about the new laws, which take effect Monday, in Rockville at the Family Justice Center.

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Starting Monday, residents who are forced to leave their employment to escape the threat of domestic violence will be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

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Another law that goes into effect Monday requires judges to report whether or not defendants are found to have had a “domestically-related relationship” with their victims.  If they have, a notation will be added to their criminal record that indicates they have committed a domestic violence-related crime. That will be used by law enforcement to monitor domestic violence offenders.

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