Where did the event occur (Virginia or Maryland)? How long ago? Are you an adult? Were the police ever called as a result of this incident? Were any criminal charges filed in addition to the civil protection order you sought?
I am assuming you are an adult. If you are not an adult, you might want to call child protective services regarding the beating incident. If the event occurred in Virginia, or the Protection Order was sought in Virginia, then I would assume this hearing took place in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. If so, you may note your appeal within 10 days of the judgment and have the matter reheard before a Circuit Court Judge. If the beating occurred within Virginia, and within the past year, you may see a magistrate and attempt to press charges against your brother/dad/mom. It would be a good idea to hire an attorney to help you if this matter goes to the circuit court.
If this event occurred in Maryland, consult with a Maryland Attorney or victim's advocate to discuss your options.
Best of luck.
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Find local counsel to figure out if an appeal is appropriate. Move very quickly because there are time deadlines involved.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
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