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Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project (POARP) Email
Women's Law Center of Maryland

55 N. Court Street
Room 206
Westminster, MD 21157-5155

410-386-2440 - voice

Office HoursMon-Fri 8:30-4:30
Contact 1Melina Rauskolb
POARP Attorney
410-386-2440 - voice
PurposeTo support domestic violence clients as they navigate the legal process for obtaining peace and/or protection orders.
ServiceThe legal advocate helps clients fill out and file legal paperwork for protection orders, peace orders, modifications, emergency evaluations, and contempts on those orders. They also explain the protective order process, and refer clients to community resources that fit their needs in dealing with domestic violence. This can include coordinating with the State's Attorney on behalf of the victim when criminal charges have been filed, and assisting victims with other domestic violence related needs. An attorney with the program can represent eligible clients at protective order, peace order, final, modification, and contempt hearings.
EligibilityTo be eligible for attorney representation, participants must be filing petitions related to abuse against an intimate partner, such as current or former boyfriend/girlfriend, current or former spouse. Other eligibility requirements also exist.
FeesNo fees are charged.
Ages ServedServes individuals ages 18 and older.
Area ServedServes Carroll County.
SubjectsDomestic Violence, Legal Services
Last Updated30 October 2020