Roncone Law Offices, P.C.
Call Our Attorneys:
978-401-0825 | 877-261-4389
Menu Contact

What kind of restraining orders are available in Massachusetts?

Domestic violence is a significant problem across the country. Unfortunately, residents of Massachusetts are not immune from it. For those who are in abusive relationships, assistance is available to anyone who is ready escape it and move forward. Restraining orders can help end the violence and hold abusers accountable for their behavior.

In Massachusetts, there are actually a couple different kinds of restraining orders. There are those written for abuse prevention and those written for harassment prevention. Domestic violence comes in many forms -- physical, emotional and verbal. An order or protection can be obtained to stop each of these behaviors.

An abuse prevention order is generally obtained if the abuse is committed by someone with whom the victim has a relationship. This can involve a family member, significant other or a roommate. If someone in that kind of position caused physical harm or induced fear of physical harm, an abuse prevention order can be sought.

A harassment prevention order, on the other hand, is not limited to abuse or harassment occurring within a specific relationship. If a random person is intentionally harassing another, if physical violence occurs or threats of physical violence are made, it may be possible to seek a harassment prevention order. Certain stipulations may apply as to how many times the harassment occurs before an order is granted, but that generally applies to cruel behavior rather than physical or sexual violence.

When it comes to families, restraining orders can help end the cycle of violence. This is certainly a good place to start when making the step to leave an abusive relationship and allows victims the ability to begin the process of reclaiming their lives. Those in Massachusetts who are ready to escape the abuse can seek assistance in obtaining an order of protection and, for those who are married, can take further legal steps to dissolve the relationship if desired.

Source: mass.gov, "Abuse Prevention Order vs. Harassment Prevention Order", Accessed on Feb. 9, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Clients and Peers Are Saying ...

"Please take my word for it, this is the attorney that you want on your side and certainly not the one that you want against you.”

Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A Free Initial Phone Consultation

Tell us about the type of case you are faced with. We'll tell you how we can help. Call us at 877-261-4389 or send us an e-mail to speak with a Leominster and Worcester area personal injury attorney, family law, or criminal defense lawyer today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Roncone Law Offices, P.C.

142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Toll Free: 877-261-4389
Phone: 978-401-0825
Fax: 978-840-6000
Map & Directions