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Domestic Violence

The Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in Montgomery County for the service of Domestic Violence Petitions, Emergency Evaluation Petitions, Peace Orders and related process. This is one of the largest areas of growth in the Sheriff’s Office, and due to strengthening of Domestic Violence Laws and increased awareness over the past several years this has strained the resources of the Sheriff’s Office. Still deputies in the Sheriff’s Office perform welfare checks on victims, arresting those abusers found in violation of court orders.

Deputies assigned to this unit also serve Emergency Evaluation Petitions for people who are considered a danger to themselves or the community.

Domestic Violence Petitions and Protective Orders are computerized for tracking. This enables violators to be served and orders to be enforced all over the United States.

All victims who bring orders to the Sheriff’s Office are interviewed and their situation assessed. A professional staff is able to refer victims to the proper agencies that can assist them in meeting their needs. Additionally through public and private partnerships the Sheriff’s Office is able to offer cellular phones to victims and referral to ADT for the installation of an alarm pendant into their home.

For information on Domestic Violence related orders or to make a cell phone donation please call the Domestic Violence Unit Monday through Friday from 8am until 10pm. 240-777-7016

For information and services visit our:

Domestic Violence Services Directory

Domestic Violence Safety Plan

The Sheriff's Office is first Sheriff's Office in the State of Maryland to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Sheriff's Office received its initial accreditation in November of 1995 and underwent successful on site re-evaluations in 2000, 2003, and 2006, 2009 and most recently in 2012. In order to receive and maintain accreditation, the Sheriff's Office has to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet over 4 6 0 professionally recognized standards for excellence in management and service delivery.