Domestic Violence

Hotlines

Identity Theft

Filing Charges

  • This article describes the options for criminal charges a victim may wish to pursue against an abuser.

Victim's Rights

  • All law enforcement entities in Maryland also provide extensive training and guidelines on domestic violence.
  • Maryland Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Service provides crime victims, victim advocates, and other concerned citizens free offender information and hearing notification.

Definitions of Abuse

  • These clues are certainly not definite signs of an abusive relationship, only that there is the potential to become one. Much of the information that we have comes from already identified abusive relationships.
  • Domestic violence is the mistreatment of one family member or intimate partner by another. The abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and psychological.

Legal Options

Non-Legal Support

Safety Issues

Domestic Violence

  • Under Maryland law any health practitioner, police officer, or human service worker who has reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is in danger is required to report that fact to the local department of social services. Any concerned person may make such a report.
  • Domestic violence is a health issue as well as a legal and social problem. Both physical and emotional abuse can create immediate and long term health problems for you and your children.
  • Dating violence is becoming an increasingly common problem. Teenagers who are subject to dating violence often slip through the cracks of the legal system
  • Many aggressive children and adolescents have grown up in violent homes and neighborhoods, but some become violent for other reasons.

Landlord/Tenant

Senior Citizens

  • Under Maryland law any health practitioner, police officer, or human service worker who has reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is in danger is required to report that fact to the local department of social services. Any concerned person may make such a report.

Youth Law

Is this legal advice?

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