Skip Navigation


The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is a comprehensive one stop shop for victims of family violence and their children. The center co-locates multiple agencies to provide coordinated advocacy, law enforcement, civil legal services and social services for wrap-around support for families. Your safety is our first priority. Our goal is to help you in a specially designed facility where you and your children can feel safe and comfortable.

The Family Justice Center is located at 600 Jefferson Street, Suite 500, Rockville, Maryland (on Route 355, the intersection of Rockville Pike and Jefferson Street). The Family Justice Center is accessible by public transportation, the Rockville Metro Station, and is near the Rockville District and Circuit courts.

For more information visit Family Justice Center web site.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Domestic Violence Assistance

How can the Court help protect me from further violence?

Upon the filing of a petition, the Court can issue a protective order to prevent or deter the recurrence of acts of family abuse against you.  Violence or threats not involving family may be addressed with a peace order.  When you visit the program, the staff will determine which petition is appropriate for your situation. 

A petition for a protective order protecting against further acts of violence by an intimate partner is filed in District Court or Circuit Court.  A petition for a peace order, to protect against violence by others, is filed with the District Court.

If granted, the order will be issued on a temporary basis.  This order is good for no more than 7 days after it is served.  Another hearing will be held and a final order may be issued.  If issued, a protective order is good for up to 12 months and a peace order is good for 6 months.

Click here to view a summary chart showing who is eligible for court services, what acts are prohibited and the kinds of protection that the court may order.

Go to Top

What if the Court is closed?  Can I still get help?

Yes, you can file a petition for a protective order or a peace order with a District Court Commissioner.  A commissioner is available 24 hours daily at the following numbers:

(301) 610-7217

(301) 610-7218

The Commissioner can issue an interim order, which is good only until your case can be heard by a judge. 

Go to Top

On-line Resources for Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Unit

Montgomery County Domestic Violence Directory

Domestic Violence (Maryland Judiciary)

How to Stay Safe

Go to Top

A Summary Chart of Available Court Services
for Domestic Violence Victims

A Summary Chart of Available Court Services
for Domestic Violence Victims
Protective Order
Peace Order
Who can obtain Relief
  • Current or former spouse
  • Cohabitant (Sexual relationship & residency requirement)
  • Related by blood, marriage, adoption
  • Parent, stepparent, child, stepchild (residency requirement)
  • Vunerable adult
  • Child in Common

Anyone who does not qualify as an eligible person under the protective order

Prohibited Acts
  • Serious bodily harm
  • Fear of imminent serious bodily harm
  • Assault
  • Rape or sexual offense
  • False imprisonment
  • Abuse of child
  • Abuse of vulnerable adult
  • Stalking
  • Serious bodily harm
  • Fear of imminent serious bodily harm
  • Assault
  • Rape or sexual offense
  • False imprisonment
  • Harrassment
  • Stalking
  • Trespass
  • Malicious destruction of property
Type of Relief in Final Order
  • Refrain from abuse
  • No contact/harrassment
  • Stay away(residence)
  • Stay away(job, school, shelter)
  • Stay away(home or family member)
  • Stay away(child care)
  • Vacate home and temporary use and possession of home
  • Temporary use and possession of home (abuse of child or vulnerable adult)
  • Temporary custody
  • Visitation
  • Emergency family maintenance
  • Temporary use and possession of a vehicle
  • Counseling or DV program
  • Refrain from committing prohibited acts
  • No contact/harrassing
  • Stay away (residence)
  • Stay away (job, school, temporary residence)
  • Counseling or mediation
  • Fees and costs (either party)
Scope of relief For the petitioner or any other eligible person Only for the petitioner
Original jurisdiction District Court or Circuit Court District Court only except for juvenile matters
Statutory Reference FL4-501 et. seq. C.J.P 3-1501 et. seq.

Go to Top

Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM