A protective order can help to give you the ability to fight back in a situation of domestic violence or abuse.
The Maryland Courts explain you need to have a specific relationship with the person against whom you wish to get the order for a court to approve it. You also need to have proof abuse occurred. You would usually be able to take out an order on someone who lives with you or is close to you and has lived in your home recently.
To get a protective order, you need to be in a relationship with the person. Romantic relationships of any type, including living with the person or previous romantic partners within the last year, qualify. If you share a child, that also qualifies.
A family relationship will also meet the requirements. This includes blood relatives, marriage or adoption.
Finally, you can get a protective order from someone who sexually assaulted you or attempted to do so, or if you are a vulnerable adult.
Proof of abuse
For the court to approve the order, you need to show proof of abuse. This can be showing any reports or convictions for physical assault or sexual abuse. It also includes threats of harm, stalking and revenge porn.
A protective order can enable you to feel safe. It gives you a chance to call on officers for immediate removal of the person if he or she comes around you. It also gives you the ability to fight back in court and have more proof the person was abusive to you.