Domestic violence is one of those issues that, while sadly still too common throughout the country, including in Maryland, is also complicated by the unique dynamics of any given relationship.
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.
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.
While no relationship is perfect, sometimes a person's safety is placed in jeopardy by a spouse, romantic partner or relative. When this happens, a person in Maryland might want to seek a protective order. A protective order is a civil order of the court that prevents one individual from doing certain things against the individual seeking the order. There are temporary protective orders and final protective orders. These orders are meant to protect the safety of victims of domestic violence.