If you are being abused or harassed, you may be able to request a restraining order. There are two different kinds:
Limited to someone with whom you have a specific types of relationship (family, intimate, residential) – see below.
You may ask for an Abuse Prevention Order (a “209A Order”) from a judge if:
- If the person abusing you is:
- A person to whom you are or were married,
- Someone with whom you are or were living,
- A family member related by blood or marriage,
- The parent of your child even if you were never married, or
- Someone with whom you are or have been in a serious dating relationship.
- and you are suffering from abuse because your abuser has:
- Harmed or attempted to harm you physically,
- Caused you to fear that you are likely to be physically hurt at any moment, or
- Forced you to have sex or threatened you into having sex.
Not limited to specific types of relationships.
You may ask for a Harassment Prevention Order (a “258E Order”) from a judge if:
You are suffering from harassment because:
- someone has committed 3 or more acts:
- that were willful and malicious. This means it was done on purpose and was done for 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 forced you to have sex or threatened you into having sex at least once,
- or someone has committed one of the following crimes against you at least once:
- indecent assault and battery
- statutory rape
- assault with intent to rape
- enticement of a child
- criminal stalking
- criminal harassment or
- drugging for sexual intercourse