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Legal Information: Maryland

Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of November 27, 2023

Can I get a protective order against a same-sex partner?

In Maryland, you may apply for a protective order against a current or former same-sex partner as long as the relationship meets the requirements listed in Am I eligible for a protective order? Who can file the petition? You must also be the victim of an act of domestic abuse, which is explained here: What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Maryland?

You can find information about LGBTQIA victims of abuse and what types of barriers they may face on our LGBTQIA Victims page.