When people in Maryland think of domestic abuse, they may envision physical violence. However, domestic abuse can be financial, emotional or physical in nature. Any type of domestic abuse can deeply scar a person for the rest of his or her life. Domestic violence can occur not just between spouses, but between parents and children, between family members living together and between two people who once had a romantic relationship but are no longer together.
If a person is being subjected to domestic violence or to the threat of violence, there are steps they can take to protect themselves. One step they can take is to pursue a restraining order that will prevent the abuser from contacting them or coming near them. Civil assault and battery actions may also be possible, depending on the situation. In the end, it is important that victims of domestic violence are safe from their abusers, and that those who abuse others are held accountable for the harm they inflicted on the victims.
On the other side of the coin are those who have been falsely accused of abuse. These people may find their access to their home and children has been limited due to a restraining order or other legal action. They may need help clearing their name, so they can resume their normal life and have a relationship with their children.
At our law firm we represent people throughout Maryland who are victims of domestic abuse, as well as those who have been falsely accused of abuse. Acts of abuse or allegations of abuse can negatively impact a family for years to come. It can be very scary to leave an abusive situation, but sometimes it is necessary to protect yourself and those you love.