What We Provide
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office regrets that you have been a victim of a crime. Under the Maryland Constitution and State laws and guidelines, a victim of a crime must be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity during all phases of the criminal justice process. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing quality services to victims of crime. The Victim Services Unit provides the following services:
Information specific to your crime, and the recovery process
Information on where and how to obtain a civil order of protection or criminal charges
Referrals to local, state, and national agencies based on your emotional, physical, and/or financial needs
Coordination with law enforcement and other legal personnel handling your case
Information on safety planning
Information on how to obtain a copy of your report and any associated fees
Information on domestic and family violence
Provide support and crisis intervention counseling
Information and referrals on the grieving process
A crime victim may experience physical, emotional and/or financial losses due to a crime. The Victim Services Unit is here to help victims, witnesses and the community to understand how crime can affect our lives
Maryland Crime Victims' Rights
Under the Maryland Constitution and state laws and guidelines, victims of crime must be:
Treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity
Informed of their rights
Notified of crisis intervention and counseling services
Notified of domestic violence programs and support groups
Notified of criminal injuries compensation and other social services available
Informed on how to apply for services
Told of protection available to them and how to obtain protection
Informed by the Police or the State's Attorney's Office of the arrest of a suspect and closing of a case
Notified of court hearings and offender custody status
Permitted to be present and heard at criminal justice proceedings
Permitted to seek restitution from their offender(s)
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior characterized by control of 1 person over another through physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual and/or economic abuse. Some other forms of domestic violence can include isolation, coercion, harassment, stalking, threats, intimidation, destruction of property and/or abuse of pets. If you are a victim of domestic violence, please contact the Victim Services Unit at 301-600-1290.
Peace Orders & Protective Orders
Peace and protective orders are civil orders issued by a judge to prevent 1 person from committing certain acts. A petitioner is the person who applies for the order while the respondent is the person from whom the petitioner wants to be protected. Protective orders generally apply to those involved in a domestic relationship while Peace Orders apply to all others.
A domestic relationship is considered 1 of the following:
Current or former spouse of the respondent
Have lived in an intimate relationship with the respondent for at least 90 days during the past year
Related by blood, marriage, or adoption
The parent, stepparent, child or stepchild of the respondent and have resided with the respondent for at least 90 days within the past year
Share a child in common with the respondent
If your situation does not apply to any of the above then you would qualify to apply for a peace order.
The judge may order the respondent to stop threatening or committing abuse, to stay away from the petitioner’s home, place of employment or school, and have no contact with the petitioner or others specified. Only when awarded a protective order can the judge grant the petitioner temporary use and possession of the home, temporary custody of the children or temporary financial support.
A petitioner may fill for a protective order at the Frederick County Courthouse during regular business hours. In the case of an emergency, a petitioner may file a protective order or a peace order after hours at the Frederick County District Court Commissioner's office located at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center at 7300 Marcies Choice Lane in Frederick.
For more information, please call the Victim Services Unit at 301-600-1290
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) was established to provide financial assistance to crime victims in Maryland. Victims or surviving family members may be eligible to be reimbursed for medical, mental health, funeral expenses and lost income resulting from a crime under certain conditions.
Who May File a Claim?
A person who suffers physical injury as the result of a crime
A person who suffered psychological or emotional injury as a result of a crime
A surviving spouse or child of a homicide victim
Any other person dependent for principal support on a homicide victim
Any person who assumed responsibility for funeral expenses of a homicide victim
For more information and/or assitance with an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, please contact the Victim Services Unit at 301-600-1290 or visit the CICB website.
FCSO Victim Services Unit
State's Attorney Office
Child Protective Services
Adult Protective Services
Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Frederick County District Court Commissioner
Frederick County Circuit Court
Frederick County District Court