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.
Abuse Prevention Orders for Plaintiffs
- Abuse Prevention Orders: Information for Plaintiffs (People Seeking Orders)
- What is Abuse?
- Who Can I Be Protected Against?
- What Can I Request Under an Abuse Prevention Order?
- How Do I Get an Abuse Prevention Order?
- How Long Does the Order Last?
- 10 Day Hearing
- How Do I Appeal?
- What Happens if the Defendant Does Something He or She is Not Supposed to Do?
- What if I Want to Change or Terminate (End) the Order?
- More Information for People Seeking Abuse Prevention Orders