In Maryland, victims of domestic violence can seek relief from the courts in the form of pursuing criminal charges, family law remedies, or civil orders of protection. Local domestic violence programs and domestic violence legal services are available to assist you through the courts system. For an overview of the legal system as it realted to LGBTQ survivors, download our document, Maryland State: LGBTQ Domestic Violence Laws. The remaining information on this page details the process for obtaining civil orders of protection.
Making changes or taking a stand in your relationship can be difficult, especially if you’re afraid of your partner. Moving out, breaking up, or taking legal action can be a dangerous time for you and your family. If you are being hurt by a spouse, partner, or family member, assistance is available to help you protect yourself and your children.
The information on this page includes detailed information about getting a Civil Protective Order or Peace Order (sometimes called a “restraining order” or “ex parte”) in Maryland. Whether or not you believe that filing for a Protective or Peace Order is the best decision for you, please call your local domestic violence program to discuss other options and to create a safety plan.
Some people get Protective and Peace Orders because they want the abuse to stop immediately and they need the courts to help clarify issues about the house, children, and financial support.
You may still need to go to a shelter or other safe place even if you have a Protective Order. BUT the Order gives police greater ability to respond if the Or der is violated.
The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) is the state domestic violence coalition that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects on our citizens. 301-429-3601
Montgomery County Abused Persons Program The Abused Persons Program (APP) serves victims of domestic violence (spouse or partner abuse) in Montgomery County by providing: Someone to talk to; Advocacy; Shelter; Counseling and Community Education. (240)777-4000
Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County Assists victims of domestic violence in Prince George's County through counseling, intervention, and shelter. 301-731-1203 / 866-382-7474 (24hr Crisis Hotline)
Women’s Law Center of Maryland provides legal resources and information in multiple areas of law, including domestic violence, family law, and child custody. 410-321-8761
Sacred Circle is a leader in domestic violence affecting tribal families and native women
Alianza: The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence provides community education and development, public policy, research, training and technical assistance.
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community focuses on the unique problem of domestic violence in African American communities and the ways it should be addressed differently to improve service provision.
Provides preventive education in schools and youth groups on teen dating violence, peer leadership opportunities, and free legal services to young people in the District, ages 12 to 22, who are in an abusive relationship.
(800) 258-8840; (202) 654-4039
House of Ruth
24-hour hotline, shelter, and counseling for battered women and their children.
My Sister’s Place
24-hour hotline, shelter, and counseling for battered women and their children
La Clinica del Pueblo
Counseling and support for battered immigrant and Hispanic women
DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment)
Ensures the safety and self-determination for survivors of domestic violence in the Washington, DC area through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform.
(202) 879 0720
Si usted requiere servicios en español puede llamar directamente al 1-866-962-5048. Hispanohablantes pueden llamar las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana para recibir ayuda inmediata durante una crisis. Los servicios en español incluyen:
Información sobre sus derechos legales y referencías a abogados
Ayuda en la planificación de su seguridad
Ayuda creando un reporte policial o abojacia con la policia
Referencias a una red de proveedores de servicios dentro de la comunidad latina en el área de Maryland, Virginia y Washington DC
Ayuda en el proceso legal para recibir una Orden de Protección Civil y acceso a una Orden Emergencia de Protección Civil Provisional
Información sobre la Ley de Acceso Lingüístico de Washington DC y como imponerla
City of Alexandria
Alexandria Domestic Violence Program: 703.746.4911 (Voice/TTY)
Alexandria Sexual Assault and Awareness Program: 703.683.7273
Arlington Community Temporary Shelter (TACTS) Safehouse: 703.237.0881
Arlington Violence Intervention Program: 703.228.4848
Arlington Batterer's Intervention Program: 703.228.4848
Fairfax County Women's Shelter: 703.435.4940
Fairfax County Victim's Assistance Network: 703.360.7273
Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence: 540.373.9373
Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault: 540.371.1666
Loudoun County Abused Women's Shelter: 703.777.6552
Prince William County
ACTS.Turning Points (Prince William Co.. Manassas City, Manassas Park, Woodbridge): 703.221.4951
Prince William County Sexual Assault and Victim's Advocacy (SAVAS): 703.368.4141
Temporary community shelter and resources for those escaping domestic violence and homelessness in Northern Virginia.
(703) 237-0881 for our 24‑hour domestic and sexual violence hotline
(703) 907-0022 for homeless services
Bethany House provides emergency shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence throughout Northern Virginia and the surrounding DC metro communities
Safe Places is a 24-month transitional housing program serving families throughout Fairfax County, Virginia
TTY available through VA Relay 711 / 1(800)828-1140