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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of November 27, 2023

Where can I file for a domestic violence protective order?

You can file in Maryland if the abuse happened in Maryland or if you live in Maryland even if the abuse happened in another state. You can file for an order in any district court or circuit court in Maryland. Alternatively, you can file for a temporary protective order electronically from any of the following locations:

  • a domestic violence prevention or assistance program;
  • a sexual assault prevention or assistance program;
  • a human trafficking prevention or assistance program;
  • a child advocacy center;
  • a vulnerable adult program;
  • a hospital where you are currently receiving medical treatment; or
  • another location approved by the court.1

If you choose to file in the courthouse, if the clerk’s office is open, you would file with the clerk.  If the clerk’s office is closed, you would file with a district court commissioner.2  Please visit our MD Courthouse Locations page to find courthouse contact information.

1 MD Code, Fam. Law §§ 4-504(a)(2); 4-505.1(b)
2 See the Maryland Courts website