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Domestic violence turns into shooting

Domestic violence affects thousands of households every year. These circumstances can place spouses and children at risk of severe physical and emotional harm that may be very difficult to move past. As a result, families can be torn apart by domestic abuse. Sometimes, instances of domestic violence can explode into a potentially deadly situation. One such occurrence happened recently and can help Maryland residents see the dangers of domestic violence.

In that case, a man was shot while trying to help his mother during a domestic dispute. The mother had called her son, saying her husband was pushing her around. The son got into an argument with the husband and, once he arrived, he was shot by the husband. Though the son was rushed to the hospital, he expected to survive. The husband now faces criminal charges for attempted homicide and domestic violence.

This case illustrates how quickly domestic violence can balloon into a potentially deadly situation. However, those facing domestic abuse can put a stop to the violence before things get out of control. A Temporary Protective Order can be obtained shortly after filing for one, and the petition can be filed at any time. Then, once an interim protective order is granted, the petitioner will have a hearing within one week of the grant of the Temporary Protective Order to determine whether or not a permanent protection order is appropriate. If the order is granted, the petitioner will have a legal remedy to protect her from the dangerous person.

Nobody should feel unsafe, whether through the actions of a spouse or a neighbor. Fortunately, the law gives those who are in harm's way an avenue to obtain the protection they need. An attorney can help walk an individual through the process of obtaining a protection order, help ensure the petitioner feels safe at home, and discuss how the domestic violence will affect a divorce or a child custody dispute.

Source: KTXL Fox 40, "Son Shot While Trying to Help Mom During Domestic Violence," Jul. 6, 2013

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