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What You Should Know​

​There are two types of Restraining Orders:

Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Order (Mass. Gen. Laws Ch.209A)
Harassment Prevention Order (Mass. Gen. Laws Ch.258E)


Are you eligible for a Restraining Order?

ABUSE PREVENTION ORDERS 
You may request an Abuse Prevention Order (a “209A Order”) from a judge if: 

1. You and your abuser are or were
    • married,
    • or residing together in the same household,
    • or in a substantive dating or engagement relationship,
    • or related by blood or marriage,
    • or you have a child in common;

2. and you are suffering from abuse because your abuser has: 
    • harmed or attempted to harm you physically,
    • or put you in fear of imminent serious physical harm,
    • or caused you to engage in sexual relations involuntarily by using force, threat or             duress;

3. and you: 
    • currently live within the geographical area of the court where you are applying,
    • or used to live within the geographical area of the court but you left to avoid abuse.

A judge may issue an Abuse Prevention Order without prior notice to your abuser if there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse.

HARASSMENT PREVENTION ORDERS

You may request a Harassment Prevention Order (a “258E Order”) from a judge if: 

1. You are suffering from harassment because: 

someone has committed 3 or more acts:
-that were willful and malicious,
“Malicious” means characterized by cruelty, hostility or revenge.  
-and were aimed at you,
-and were intended to cause you fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property,
“Abuse” means causing or attempting to cause physical harm, or causing fear of               imminent serious physical harm. 
-and did in fact cause you fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property; 

or someone has caused you at least once to engage in sexual relations involuntarily by using force, threat or duress;

or someone has committed against you at least once an act that violates any of the following statutes: General Laws chapter 265, §§ 13B, 13F or 13H (indecent assault and battery), 22 or 22A (rape), 23 (statutory rape), 24 or 24B (assault with intent to rape), 26C (enticing a child), 43 (criminal stalking), 43A (criminal harassment), or chapter 272, § 3 (drugging for sexual intercourse); 

2. and you currently live within the geographical area of the court where you are applying. 

A judge may issue a Harassment Prevention Order without prior notice to your harasser if there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of harassment. ​


Resources

Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Order - Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 209A
Harassment Prevention Order - Mass Gen. Laws Ch. 258E