October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to learn about the legal steps available in Massachusetts to protect victims from their abuser. There are two different type of protective orders. They are designed for different situations.
- A Domestic Restraining Order is designed for people are or have been married, in a close relationship, are related to one another or live together.
- Harassment Prevention Orders protect people who are not eligible to seek a Domestic Restraining Order such as neighbors or an ex-wife and a new wife.
These orders are issued by a judge in court but, in emergency circumstances, a temporary order can be issued outside of court hours.
Domestic violence is a topic people don’t like to talk about. Victims of domestic violence feel shame at what they have experienced as well as fear of reprisal from their abuser if they talk about it. Harassment and threatening behavior by a neighbor, coworker or acquaintance can be unnerving and stressful. It can begin suddenly and should be taken seriously
The latest episode of our podcast, In Your Court, discusses more about the protections the law provides. Listen here.
No one should live in fear or feel unsafe going about their daily life. If you, or someone you care about, is being harassed or in an abusive situation, we can help you. Contact Conant Law, if you need legal help to guide you through the process of obtaining a Domestic Restraining Order or Harassment Prevention Order. Call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.