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What is the legal definition of abuse?

Summary

The Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Act, defines abuse as: actual physical abuse, or an attempt to harm another, or placing another in fear of serious physical harm, or causing another to engage in sexual relations by force, threat of force or duress.

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What is the legal definition of abuse?

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Chapter 209A, the Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Act, defines abuse as: actual physical abuse, or an attempt to harm another, or placing another in fear of serious physical harm, or causing another to engage in sexual relations by force, threat of force or duress.