Frequently Asked Question
An Abuse Prevention Order, called a "209A Order," or a "protective order," or "restraining order," is a civil court order intended to provide protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force or threat of harm from a family or household member. A person can obtain an order against:
- A spouse or former spouse
- A present or former household member
- A relative by blood or a present or former relative by marriage
- The parent of your minor child
- A person with whom you have or had a substantial dating relationship
Where can I get a 209A order?
A 209A Order can be obtained in any district court, superior court or probate and family court in Massachusetts. An emergency 209A Order can be obtained from any police department after court hours, and on weekends and holidays. You do not need a lawyer to file for a 209A Order and there is no charge for filing.