Domestic Violence Resources
THE ABUSE PREVENTION LAW (209A)
The Abuse Prevention Law offers protection to people who are physically abused and to those who are at serious risk of physical abuse. The law protects abused housemates, roommates, husband and wife, substantial dating relationships, and family members.
For more information, please visit Mass.gov:
What is a “209A” Order?
An Abuse Prevention Order, called a “209A” or a “Restraining Order”, is a civil court action that provides immediate protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force, or threat of harm from a family or household member. This includes:
Generally, a parent or guardian needs to be present, but the Judge can decide to issue a limited 209A order if the minor appears to be in danger.
In some cases, the Department of Children and Families may offer assistance in gaining help for a minor.
Many high schools and colleges also offer support groups for students in violent relationships.
Obtaining a 209A
In the courts of Hampden County, there will be a Victim Witness Advocate from the District Attorney´s Office to help you complete the paper work and to discuss the option of filing criminal charges against your abuser. The advocate will assist you.