What is Domestic Violence?
- Domestic violence is the use of abusive tactics and physical force to obtain and maintain power and control over a partner.
- Domestic violence happens in all sectors of society. It happens to people of all racial, economic, and religious groups.
- Domestic violence can include physical assault, sexual assault, emotional abuse, economic abuse and verbal abuse.
- Domestic violence never stops on its own. Once it starts, it gets progressively worse in frequency and severity.
VINE is an automated service that allows you to track an offender's custody, probation and parole, court, sex offender, or protective order status over the phone or internet. You can register to be notified by phone and email if an offender is released, transferred, escapes, or appears in court; or registered to be notified by phone and email about changes in the status of a protective order or of a registered sex offender.
Who Can Help?
Real Time Resources: Live Chat; Text Message; Call a Peer Advocate; Call the Hotline
Community Education Tools: Videos; Discussion Guides; Handouts
Extreme Risk Protective Order Brochure - MD Courts (PDF)