Find out what qualifies as harassment

Find out if you're eligible to request a harassment prevention order.

Harassment prevention orders aren’t limited to specific types of relationships.

You can ask for a Harassment Prevention Order (a "258E Order) from a judge if you’re 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
  • Were aimed at you.
  • 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.
  • Did in fact cause you fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property


  • Someone has forced you to have sex or threatened you into having sex at least once


  • Someone has committed 1 of these 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
    • Drugging for sexual intercourse

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