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Protective Order versus Peace Order?

A common confusion for law library users is the difference between a protective order and a peace order. Essentially, whether you should be pursuing a protective order or a peace order will depend on your answer to two questions: (1) what is the relationship between you and the alleged abuser (for example, spouse, caretaker) and (2) what type of abuse you are claiming has happened. The Maryland Courts website provides a great overview of the differences between a protective order and a peace order, as well as helpful information regarding how to file for a protective or peace order.

Do you need help with filing your protective order or peace order? If so, the Maryland Courts Self-Help Centerthe District Court Self-Help Resource Center and the Annapolis YWCA can help.

Maryland Courts Self-Help Center
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 8:000 PM
District Court Self-Help Resource Center
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Annapolis YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline
24 Hour-Hotline 410-2226800

How do you keep the public from seeing information about you related to the protective or peace order? Check out these brochures for the petitioner (alleged victim) and respondents (alleged abuser).
For more information, please contact the Law Library! We can assist you in identifying self-help centers and other resources that may be able to assist you. In addition, we can show you how to access the court forms online.

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