Tag Archive for: Domestic Abuse

This next series of articles will deal with domestic violence protection in the District of Columbia.

In the District of Columbia you can file for a “Civil Protection Order” for protection from abuse from someone who is essentially a member of your family or household or otherwise related to you.

When the abuser is someone who is not related to you nor a member of your household you usually have to file for a “Restraining Order.”

You are eligible for a Maryland  Protective Order if you and the alleged abuser:

  • Are current or former spouses
  • Have lived together in an intimate relationship for at least 90 days during the past year
  • Are related by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • Are in a parent-child, or stepparent-stepchild relationship and have resided together for at least 90 days during the past year
  • Are in a caretaker-vulnerable adult relationship
  • Are the parents of a child together
  • Have had a sexual relationship within 1 year before the filing of the petition