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Protective Orders for Victims of Domestic Violence in Maryland

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A protective order is a legal device available to the Maryland state courts in cases of domestic violence. These orders can help stop ongoing abuse and guard against future harm. But unlike peace orders, which are available to most abused victims, protective orders are restricted to situations where the abuser and victim are related…. Read More »

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The Maryland Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

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The State of Maryland recognizes the uniquely dangerous situation that confronts victims of domestic violence. As these victims have a close relationship with their abuser, it can be difficult to break away and seek help. To address this problem, the Maryland General Assembly created a program for victims of domestic violence. Among its many… Read More »

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Domestic Violence & Child Abuse or Neglect in Maryland

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Domestic violence laws in Maryland provide special considerations for child victims of abuse or neglect. In these unfortunate situations, state law requires mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect. This allows state agencies to act swiftly to protect at-risk children. When there is any indication of harm or injury to a child, extraordinary measures… Read More »

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When Does Assault Become Domestic Violence Under Maryland Law?

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Domestic violence in Maryland represents the intersection of criminal and family law. That is because domestic violence only occurs between family or household members who share a certain type of relationship. Furthermore, domestic violence incorporates many types of criminal offenses, including various assault crimes. What are the Maryland Laws Governing Assault? Maryland law provides… Read More »

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4 FAQs on Protective Orders for Maryland Domestic Violence Victims

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A protective order is a tool available to the Maryland state courts to help safeguard victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse. When granted, these orders can prevent the perpetrator from contacting the victim and even grant possession of a shared residence. That being said, protective orders are not appropriate in every… Read More »

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What is the Maryland Domestic Violence Central Repository?

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The Maryland Domestic Violence Central Repository (“Central Repository”) exists to collect and aggregate data concerning domestic violence or abuse. Managed by the Administrative Office of the Maryland Courts, the Central Repository stores various records of protective and peace orders. This provides greater visibility into domestic violence offenses and enables state actors to better handle… Read More »

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Exploring Maryland Laws Against Child Abuse

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Child abuse is a specific type of domestic violence crime under Maryland law. In these cases, the victim is always a minor child under the age of 18 years old. Furthermore, the abuser must have a certain type of relationship with the child victim — such as a parent, guardian, or family member. Important… Read More »

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What is the Process for Requesting a Peace Order in Maryland?

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A peace order is a legal command from the Maryland courts that protects victims of recent criminal acts or threats of harm. Unlike protective orders — which only protect victims who are related to the abuser through blood, marriage, or other factors — peace orders are available to just about anyone. The process for… Read More »

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Interim, Temporary & Final Protective Orders For Maryland Domestic Violence

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Any person who is a victim of domestic violence in Maryland can go to the state courts and ask for protection. Certain petitioners will seek protection in the form of a protective order.  This device enables the judicial system to intervene on behalf of certain domestic violence victims. Whether domestic violence involves assault and… Read More »

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Examining the Maryland Approach to Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is particularly troublesome crime due to the relationship between the abuser and the victim. An abusive act only qualifies as domestic violence under Maryland law if there is a familial relationship or similarly close ties. In order to understand the boundaries of domestic violence in Maryland, it will be helpful to review… Read More »

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