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Maryland woman shares domestic violence story to raise awareness

Domestic violence takes many forms. In several cases, disputes arise between current or former couples over a variety of familial issues, including child custody, child support and financial problems. In other instances, individuals may find themselves threatened by a neighbor or a complete stranger. No matter the circumstances, victims of domestic violence should know that help is available, and one Maryland woman is sharing her story to help raise awareness.

The woman was viciously attacked by her ex-husband during an encounter where she was supposed to pick up a child support payment. While sitting in the car together, the two parties got into an argument and her ex-husband pulled a knife. He stabbed her 20 times, leaving her in the street to bleed to death. Fortunately, though, the woman survived. She is now speaking out to let women, who are in abusive relationships know that help can be found.

Domestic violence shelters can provide victims with relief, but it is important for Maryland residents to know that legal steps can also be taken to provide long-term relief. First, those subjected to domestic abuse should call 911 if they feel they are in immediate danger. Then, a domestic violence victim can go to the courthouse and seek a Temporary Protective Order. Though this only provides temporary relief, a hearing to determine whether a permanent protection order is necessary will occur before the temporary order expires. If a permanent order is granted, then a victim may have an easier time keeping an abuser away and keeping him or herself safe.

It can be difficult to navigate the legal waters, especially when one is in fear of his or her safety or the safety of his or her children. A Maryland attorney can help these individuals fight to obtain the protection they deserve as well as inform them as to how such protection orders may affect family law issues such as child custody.

Source: Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, "Help is available for domestic violence victims," March 28, 2014

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