Legal Services for Victims

House of Ruth Maryland’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic help victims of intimate partner violence obtain protective orders, divorce decrees, custody of their children, and child support for free. Call us at 410-554-8463, email us at, or visit one of our courthouse offices to talk to one of our staff members.

Free Legal Services for Victims

Our free attorneys can give you legal advice and may be able to represent you in court. The law offers various forms of protection to victims of intimate partner violence.

  • Obtaining or Enforcing a Protective Order
  • Custody, Divorce, Child Support, and/or Alimony
  • Relocating for Safety: Lease Termination and Address Confidentiality
  • When Dealing with Domestic Violence Interferes with Your Job
  • Pressing Criminal Charges Against Your Abuser

Contact us at one of our locations listed below for more information or to request free legal services.

Protective Orders

A protective order may help keep you safe by including some or all of the following:

  • Order your abuser to stay away from you
  • Order your abuser to stop abusing and threatening you
  • Order your abuser to stop contacting you or to contact you only regarding your shared children
  • Grant you custody and describe how and when the children will spend time with their other parent
  • Order your abuser to leave the home even if your name is not on the lease or deed
  • Order your abuser to pay financial support
  • Order your abuser to surrender firearms
  • Order other relief depending on your particular situation

Locations and Contact Information

Visit one of our locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. Call us at 1-888-880-7884 or 410-554-8463.

Baltimore City District Court – Eastside

North Avenue District Court
1400 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21213

Phone: (410) 235-6370

Upper Marlboro Courthouse

14735 Main Street
Room Number M1440
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Phone: (240) 206-6440

Hyattsville Courthouse

County Service Building
4990 Rhode Island Avenue
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781

Phone: (301) 358-3761

Catonsville District Court

1 Rolling Cross Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

Phone: (410) 554-8463

Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse

Montgomery County Judicial Center
50 Maryland Avenue
Room Number 1500
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Montgomery County Circuit Court: (240) 777-9077
Montgomery County Family Justice Center: (240) 773-0453

Silver Spring District Court

8552 Second Avenue
Second Floor
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Phone: (301) 830-8099