The abuse prevention law (Chapter 209A ) is there to protect you against someone who is abusing you.   The law allows you to seek a court order, which is sometimes called a 209A order, an abuse prevention order, restraining order, or a protective order..  The term “abuse prevention order” will be used in this document.  In court, the plaintiff is the person who requests the court to issue the order.  The defendant is the person the order is issued against.