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Overview Of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams In Maryland

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The State of Maryland recognizes the inherent danger of domestic violence situations, particularly as these cases often occur in the privacy of a family home. In addressing this harsh reality, the Maryland General Assembly created the domestic violence fatality review teams. These local teams exist on a county-by-county basis, working to help prevent deaths… Read More »

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Police Duties & Victim Rights For Domestic Violence In Maryland

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When domestic violence occurs under Maryland law, there are required duties for any law enforcement officer involved. There are also rights afforded to the victim in these situations. But before delving into the specifics of these rights and duties, it will be helpful to review both sets of legal requirements for domestic violence in… Read More »

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What Is The Victims Of Domestic Violence Program In Maryland?

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The victims of domestic violence in Maryland and elsewhere have historically suffered from a lack of protective and supportive services. To address this unfortunate reality, the Maryland General Assembly created the Victims of Domestic Violence Program. Featuring a multifaceted purpose, the Program helps provide support to victims of domestic violence and safeguard them from… Read More »

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When Does Maryland Shield Court Records Of Domestic Violence Cases?

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When the Maryland courts deny or dismiss a request for a protective order in an alleged domestic violence case, it is possible to shield the records related to that proceeding. These shielded records are not publicly available. Only certain individuals with a legitimate reason may access these records. What Does it Mean to Shield… Read More »

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Does Maryland Enforce Out-Of-State Protective Orders For Domestic Violence?

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When domestic violence occurs in Maryland or elsewhere in the United States, the courts may issue a protective order to protect the victim. These protective orders allow state courts to prohibit certain types of conduct, such as abusing or threatening a victim, going to the victim’s home or workplace, having contact with the victim,… Read More »

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How Can Domestic Violence Victims Request Protective Orders In Maryland?

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Maryland family law provides numerous considerations and protections for domestic violence victims. When a person suffers actual or attempted abuse at the hands of a relative, it is possible to request a protective order from the Maryland courts. These orders allow the state courts to intervene on behalf of a victim and, ideally, safeguard… Read More »

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Analyzing Maryland Domestic Violence Laws Against Child Abuse & Neglect

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The State of Maryland features strict laws against domestic violence, including child abuse and neglect. Concerning children, specifically, parents and guardians have a duty to safeguard the health and safety of children under their care. If a person responsible for a child commits abuse or neglect, the state can remove the child temporarily to… Read More »

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3 FAQs on Domestic Violence in Maryland

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Domestic violence represents a unique intersection of the Maryland family and criminal codes. Unlike most criminal offenses under state law, domestic violence requires a specific relationship between the victim and alleged abuser. Moreover, only certain crimes qualify as abuse under state domestic violence laws. And depending on the situation, victims of domestic violence may… Read More »

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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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What are Protective Orders Under Maryland Family Law?

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Protective orders are legal devices in Maryland that allow the state courts to protect victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Unlike peace orders, protective orders are only available to victims who are connected to the abuser in some fashion. For example, protective orders are available to victims who suffered abuse from… Read More »

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