If you are being abused or harassed, you may be able to request a restraining order. There are two different kinds:

1. Abuse Prevention Orders 

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:

  1. 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.  
  1. 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.

2. Harassment Prevention Orders 

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
    • rape
    • statutory rape
    • assault with intent to rape
    • enticement of a child
    • criminal stalking
    • criminal harassment or
    • drugging for sexual intercourse