For victims of domestic violence, a restraining order may be a good option when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from an abuser. If you are interested in obtaining a restraining order in Massachusetts, read on for more information.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is riddled with misconceptions. It is not often discussed, and it is portrayed in the media a very specific way. As a result, many people don’t know what domestic violence can really look like. A lot of people believe that domestic violence only includes physical violence. This is not the case. Domestic violence also includes sexual, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. Because of the misconceptions, it can be difficult to spot a victim of abuse. Additionally, in some cases, victims do not even realize that they are involved in a domestic violence situation.
What Does a Restraining Order Do?
A restraining order limits contact between a victim and his or her abuser. If you file a restraining order against someone, he or she may be ordered to:
- stop or refrain from abuse
- have no contact with the victim
- vacate or remain away from a house or workplace
- surrender all firearms and firearm identification cards
Who Can I Get a Restraining Order Against?
Many people believe domestic violence is something that occurs between a man and a woman in a heterosexual romantic relationship. This is certainly not the case. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, and so on. As a result, in Massachusetts, you can file a restraining 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 a minor child, even if the parents never married or lived together
- a person involved in a substantial dating relationship with the victim.
How do I Obtain a Restraining Order?
You will need to visit your local family court or police department and provide a sworn statement describing the facts of a recent or past incident(s) of abuse on the application for a restraining order.
If you or a loved one is involved in any type of abusive relationship, you may want to consider obtaining a restraining order. For more information about the process of obtaining one, contact our firm today. We are here to guide you through the process, every step of the way. We want to help make sure you and your family lead healthy and safe lives.
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