It is a sad reality that domestic violence and abuse is far too common in America, and Maryland is not immune to these types of situations. Every couple has their problems, but there is simply no place for violence in a home. When a domestic violence situation in Maryland does arise, people need to know that they are not without options.
For starters, those who have been the victim of domestic violence will likely want to take appropriate action. In many situations, that might mean pursuing a restraining order, which is also commonly referred to as a “protective” order. Such an order, issued by an appropriate court, is intended to prevent the subject of the order from contacting the alleged victim in any way, including by phone, email or in person.
And, the order is certainly intended to keep the alleged perpetrator from going to the alleged victim’s school or place of work and, of course, the home. Unfortunately, even a court order might not stop an alleged perpetrator from violating the order and contacting the victim anyways. Victims need to know their legal options in these types of situations.
On the other side of the situation, sometimes allegations of domestic violence or abuse are falsified. Such allegations could have a significant impact on a person’s life, perhaps in a child custody dispute, for example.
At our law firm, we work with victims of domestic violence as well as those who believe they have been falsely accused. In either situation, Maryland residents need to know their legal options. For more information, please visit the domestic violence and abuse overview section of our law firm’s website.