When can I ask for an abuse prevention order?
An abuse prevention order is limited to someone with whom you have a specific types of relationship (family, intimate, residential). You cannot get an abuse prevention order against any person you wish.
You may ask for an abuse prevention order ("209A Order") from a judge if:
1. 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
2. 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
If you are being abused by someone who is not in one of the categories listed above, see Harassment prevention orders.