Domestic Violence, Protective Orders, and Peace Orders

Domestic violence protective orders provide protection from domestic abuse, including serious bodily harm, an act that places a person in fear of imminent bodily harm, including threats of harm, assault, rape or sexual assaults, false imprisonment, mental injury to a minor child, stalking, and revenge porn. Domestic violence protective orders are established via a separate statute in the Family Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and are generally available to people seeking protection from a family member or a romantic partner. Domestic violence issues often impact issues related to divorce and separation.

For protection from third parties, peace orders are available for those who qualify as a person eligible for relief.

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