(POs); 2 the law does not specify whether minors can obtain Peace Orders (PCOs). The law does not specify whether POs can be granted against minor abusers, but it does allow Juvenile PCOs * to be issued against minors. 3 Maryland allows people in dating relationships to seek PCOs against their abusers. 4 Procedure State law does not specify whether minors can petition for POs and PCOs on their own behalf. A family member, among others, may petition for a PO on the minor’s behalf. 5 If a minor is able to file on their own behalf, Maryland law does not specify whether the parent or guardian of the minor will be notified about the PO or PCO. Definition of Abuse A judge may issue a PO or PCO when the respondent has physically abused, sexually abused, threatened to physically abuse or stalked the petitioner. 6 The statute fails to explicitly recognize harassment as a form of abuse that qualifies for relief for a PO; however, harassment and damage to property do qualify for relief under the PCO statute. 7 The statutes may recognize other forms of abuse not specifically listed here. Relief Available The court may order 8 the respondent to: stay away from the petitioner (including petitioner's school); vacate the petitioner's residence; provide petitioner exclusive use/possession of property; comply with a custody/visitation schedule; pay child support or spousal support; participate in a counseling or batterers ' intervention program; and/or not possess a gun. The statute may allow other forms of relief not specifically listed here and may cover individuals other than the petitioner. The Protective Order and Peace Order are modifiable. 9 *Maryland law provides for a Peace Order against adults, which is heard in the District Court, and a Juvenile Peace Order against minors, which is heard in the Juvenile Court
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