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Maryland Domestic Abuse Laws and How to Get Help for Domestic Abuse

Introduction:

Domestic Abuse Statistics help you get an idea of the crime rate. According to the Maryland Domestic Abuse Statistics, there have been 46 deaths related to domestic violence. 67% of the deaths were caused by a gun, and as a result, at least 35 children have been left without parents.

Protect yourself and your children. Fight against domestic violence by seeking proper counsel and authorities. Domestic Abuse Laws have been put in place for you. Learn about them.

Domestic Abuse Laws in Maryland:

Committing the following acts in Maryland is considered Domestic Abuse.

Threatening the person of causing bodily harm to them.

  • Assault,
  • Causing bodily harm to a person,
  • Rape or sexual offense,
  • Threatening or attempting a rape or sexual offense,
  • Stalking a person,
  • Imprisoning a person illegally.

What happens when you commit one of the above acts?

Maryland Domestic Abuse Laws ensure that the person doesn't commit domestic violence. If they commit any of the above acts, they'll face penalties and sentences.

In case of an assault: If a person has intentionally caused physical injury to the victim, they can be sent to prison for up to 25 years.

In the case of Rape or sexual offense: Non-consensual or forced sexual intercourse or any other kind of sexual offense leads to life imprisonment.

Maryland Domestic Abuse Laws
In the case of Stalking: Stalking someone and making them fear for their life or being raped can lead to a prison sentence of 5 years. The person responsible for the act can be fined 5000 dollars. This is also true for illegally holding someone a prisoner.

Who Can File A Protective Order Against Domestic Abuser?

You can file for a protective order if you feel threatened. To register a protective order, you have to be eligible.

You are eligible if the alleged abuser and you:

  • Are married or were married.
  • Have been lovers in the past ninety days i.e., have been together intimately in the past 90 years.
  • Are a member of the family, related by marriage, blood, or adoption.
  • Are a parent or child, or a stepfather or stepchild that have lived under the same roof for the past 90 days.
  • Are parents to the child.
  • Are a caregiver or the vulnerable person in a caregiver-vulnerable relationship.
  • Have been sexually involved during the past year before you file for the order.

How to Get Help for Domestic Abuse in Maryland:

How To File A Petition For Protective Order

Step 1: Find the petition at the mdcourt.gov website, or you can click here.

Once you reach the website, you can select the appropriate form or click here to get access to the petition.

Step 2: Complete the petition.

Step 3: Next, you have to file the petition. You can do that either at the District Court or Circuit court. You can file a petition with the clerk at the court’s business hours.

If the court is closed, then you can file the petition at the commissioner’s office of your district court. The petition can be filed at any hour at the commissioner's office. But when you file the petition at the District or Circuit court, it has to be during business hours.

To find the commissioner's office in your district, click here.

How To Get Help For Domestic Abuse

Various non-profit organizations have arranged programs and helplines for domestic Abuse. We'll provide you with the name of the organizations, their websites, addresses, and helpline number.

Help or Domestic Abuse

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence:

They have a statewide helpline that stays active from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Helpline: 1-800-MD-HELPS

You can reach them at 4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 370

Lanham, MD 20706

Their website is https://mnadv.org/. You can find the nearest domestic violence program here.

At the URL https://mnadv.org/find-help/ you'll be able to talk to the helpline in your county and be much closer to help.

You can contact their office at 301-429-3601.

House Of Ruth Maryland:

Their website is https://hruth.org/.

At the URL https://hruth.org/get-help/ you will find more information about shelters, counseling, and intervention.

You can reach their head office in Baltimore at (410) 889-0840.

The helpline is active 24 hours. Hotline: (410) 889-RUTH (7884)

Their office is located at 2201 Argonne Drive. Baltimore, MD 21218.

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