A Fairfax County woman, charging that her police officer husband held her down and carved tattoos on her arms, is seeking a restraining order against him, according to papers filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Mary Clare Poats Brooks, in a petition for divorce, alleged that her husband of six years, Michael J. Brooks, "indulged in horrendous acts of physical cruelty toward her" numerous times.

Michael Brooks, a hostage negotiator with the elite Emergency Response Team of the D.C. Police Department, said yesterday his attorney had advised him not to comment on the allegations. His attorney, Carol Hill of Springfield, said, "I think my client will be vindicated."

Photostatic copies of photographs included in the court documents show Brooks extending her arms, showing what appear to be multiple lacerations that she said were inflicted by her husband in January. The lacerations were referred to in court papers as "tattoos."

Brooks, of 4803 Nash Dr., asked the court to issue a restraining order to prevent her husband from "assaulting, molesting, bothering or harming" her. She could not be reached for comment, and her attorney, Jeff Krause of Alexandria, had no comment, his secretary said.

Brooks claimed in court papers that her husband "deserted and abandoned" her in January.

A hearing on the injunctions, scheduled for today before Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Middleton, has been postponed until the defendant can be properly notified, a court official said.

A D.C. police spokesman said he could not comment on the court action. He said members of the ERT are part of the Special Operations Division of the police department.

"They're the experts trained in barricade situations," said Sgt. Joe C. Gentile, the police spokesman. "You have to be good to be on it."