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Domestic Violence & Firearms in D.C

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D.C Assault VS Domestic Violence

DC law does not define domestic violence. The district still does have intimate partner violence and intra-family violence that is categorized under the domestic violence section of the criminal code. While this may be slightly broader, personal violence is violence between people:

  • Who have lived together

  • Who share a mutual residence

  • Who are married or were married

  • Who are or were in a domestic partnership

  • Who are or were in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship

A law enforcement officer must arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person committed an intrafamily offense that resulted in physical injury, including physical pain or illness. 

Maryland State criminal code doesn’t include specific laws for domestic violence between current or former spouses and other family members. However, the protection order laws in the Maryland Family Law Code define domestic abuse as an assault, rape, stalking, and other such offenses that occur between family or household members.

Law firms and lawyers who specialize in family law and domestic violence cases:

Koslow Law Firm LLC

420-I Chinquapin Round Road. Ste 203
Annapolis, MD, 21401

Office (443) 221-6088

Shechtel and Associates, P.A

110 N. Washington Street Ste. 404

Rockville, MD 20850

301-309-1440

stephen@shechtel.com

Zamani & Associates PLLC

2121 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037

Visit: http://www.zamaniassociates.com

Phone: 202-510-9112

Pro bono and lawyers who offer free legal services and guidance: 

Break the Cycle - Washington, DC Office

P.O. Box 66165

Washington, D.C. 20035

202-849-6289

Amara Legal Center

600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE #15255

Washington, DC 20003

Email: info@amaralegal.org

Phone: (240) 257-6492

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 440 

Washington DC 20015

info@dcvlp.org

(202) 425-7573 

If you are a victim of domestic violence, or fear for your safety, you may qualify for free legal aid from organizations that can help you gather evidence of abuse and file for restraining orders, among other things. 

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 (202) 630- 4094 l Info@dchew.org

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