1. Safelink is a Massachusetts 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline. Advocates are multilingual, and conversations are free and confidential. The advocates can assist victims with safety planning, locating shelters, providing emotional support, and finding local community services. Call 1-877-785-2020.
2. Local Police- You don’t have to call the police, but it is important for you to know you can call them if you feel you need their protection, especially in emergencies.
3. Jane Doe, Inc. is the statewide coalition of against sexual assault and domestic violence. Their website includes information for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
4. Mass. Office for Victim Assistance. Coordinates the SAFEPLAN programs on a statewide basis. SAFEPLAN is a court-based program that provides advocates to help victims of domestic violence who are seeking protection from abuse. SAFEPLAN Advocates are available in 41 district and probate courts across the state. The services they provide to victims are free. SAFEPLAN Advocates can help you with getting a 209A order or go with you to a protective order hearing. For information on SAFEPLAN Advocates, what they do, and how to reach them, read the SAFEPLAN FAQs.
Child Welfare and Domestic Violence: Promising Approaches , Dept. of Children and Families.
Law About Domestic Violence , Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries.
of the Massachusetts General Laws is the Abuse Prevention law.
Other Laws Related to Domestic Violence
- MGL c.186, s.23-29 (as added by St.2012, c.402) Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence
- MGL c. 209C, s.15 Children Born Out of Wedlock--Domestic Violence Record Search
- MGL c. 277, s.62A Violations of Chapter 209A; Jurisdiction
There may be other criminal laws that apply depending on the situation.
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