A person seeking a Peace Order can apply to the District Court or, if the courts are closed, at the District Court Commissioner’s Office.
A Peace Order may be granted for up to 6 months, with the possibility of extending the Order for another 6 months, and can instruct an abuser to stop committing the abusive act, to stay away from the Petitioner, his or her residence, school, and place of employment.
The Interim Protective Order will instruct you when and where to appear for a Temporary Protective Order hearing.
If you do not appear at that time, your Protective Order can be dismissed.
Information about domestic violence is available in a downloadable publication. He Sido Maltratada – Que Puedo Hacer (2006 Version) Battered: What Can I Do? The first step in confronting an abusive relationship is to recognize that such violence is unacceptable.
– Russian (2006 Version) Domestic violence can be a crime, but many victims feel that their spouse or partner has the right to abuse them or that they must live with violence.
If both you and the Respondent appear at the Temporary Protective Order hearing, and agree to do so, you may waive the Temporary Protective Order hearing and proceed with the Final Protective Order hearing.
These abusive behaviors can accompany physical violence or lead to it.For assistance in filing a Petition in Baltimore City, victims should go to Room 100 of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, 111 N.Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; in Baltimore County, to the Civil & Family Clerk located on the Second Floor of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204; or, in Carroll County, to Room 208 of the Carroll County Circuit Court, 55 N. Assistance may also be available in other courthouses throughout the state.If the court grants a Final Protective Order, the court can grant the Order for up to a year, with the possibility of extending the order for 6 months.In some limited circumstances you may be able to get a two year or a permanent Protective Order (talk to a POARP office about whether you qualify).A Commissioner may issue an Interim Peace or Protective Order to last until the courthouse reopens and a District Court Judge can hold a Temporary Protective Order hearing.