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Who is eligible for a Maryland Protective Order?

A victim of domestic violence is eligible to file for a Protective Order in Maryland so long as he or she:

  • Is the current or former spouse of the alleged abuser;
  • Has a child with the alleged abuser;
  • Had an intimate relationship and lived with the alleged abuser for 90 days within the last year; or
  • Is related by blood or marriage to the alleged abuser.

A Petitioner may also seek protection for a minor child or vulnerable adult who is abused or threatened with abuse by a household member.

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