Resources and guidance
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
2121 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037
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
Amara Legal Center
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE #15255
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (240) 257-6492
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 440
Washington DC 20015
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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