When a loved one hurts you, it can be embarrassing, confusing, and sometimes life-threatening. No one has the right to hurt you or your children - even a family member. Getting help is the first step toward a safe future. This section gives you information about special rights and resources available to victims of domestic violence and/or stalking.
SPECIAL RIGHTS AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS
In Maryland, the police may make an arrest for an incident of domestic violence without witnessing the assault if they have " probable cause" to believe that assault took place. Officers must make an arrest if an offender is in violation of the "stay away" or "don't abuse" provision of a Civil Protective Order.
PROTECTION FROM STALKING
Maryland offers special protection for victims of stalking. Stalking is malicious conduct, and includes persistently approaching or pursuing another person with the intent to place them in fear of injury of death.
If you think that you are a victim of stalking, tell the police when they make an arrest, and/or immediately file an application with the Court Commissioner to let him know that you may be a victim of stalking and are afraid for your safety. The Court Commissioner shall consider a stalking victim's safety when deciding to release a defendant on pretrial release.
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