What is Domestic Violence?
Maryland law defines domestic violence “abuse” as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between “family or household members”:
- An act that places a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm
- An act that causes serious bodily harm
- Rape or sexual offense
- Attempt rape or sexual offense
- False imprisonment, such as interference with freedom, physically keeping you from leaving your home or kidnapping you.
What Can the Courts Do?
Depending on your relationship to the alleged abuser, there are two types of civil relief: a protective order and a peace order. Protective orders are the main vehicle of civil relief for victims of domestic violence. Visit the courts website for more information.