Protection Against Domestic Violence in Maryland and the District of Columbia
When your safety is at risk, turn to us. When you or your children need protection from violence, threats, or harassment, it’s hard to know where to turn for help. Whether it takes the form of physical punching, hitting, and kicking; verbal abuse; or controlling, manipulative behavior designed to intimidate, the physical and emotional impacts can leave you feeling devastated and alone. When domestic violence matters like these occur, you can rely on the compassion and experience of Andalman & Flynn. Our trained attorneys will work with you to assess the level of danger and determine whether a civil protection order (also known as a restraining order) against the aggressor is appropriate.
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Issues like these are very sensitive and personal. They also require immediate action to protect yourself, your children, and loved ones from further physical and emotional harm. At Andalman & Flynn, we have extensive knowledge of domestic violence laws in Maryland and Washington, DC and are dedicated to providing you with the support you need through these difficult times. Our attorneys can help provide you with protection from abuse by obtaining and enforcing Protective Orders and Peace Orders, as needed. Both orders will help to protect you with ‘stay away’ and ‘no contact’ orders in effort to stop dangerous acts and threats. They differ in that Protective Orders provide further protection that targets the specific relationship between the victim and abuser, while Peace Orders can cover certain criminal acts.
Protective orders can include custody and visitation orders, financial support, and use of a family home or vehicle. They are available to a victim who is a:
- Spouse or former spouse of the abuser
- Partner of the abuser and who has lived with the abuser for at least 90 days during the last year
- Relative by blood, marriage, or adoption
- Parent, stepparent, child or stepchild of the abuser
- Parent of the abuser’s child
- Persons who are related to a child or vulnerable adult who lives with the abuser
Peace orders in Maryland, on the other hand, can also protect you from:
- Malicious destruction of personal property
Protective orders in Washington, DC can also protect you from:
- Various enumerated ‘intrafamily offenses’
- Plus the following, even if the victim does not have the type of relationship with the perpetrator described above:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Abuse
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