Know the Laws: Massachusetts
Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.
Information about abuse prevention orders and harassment prevention orders, as well as moving in and out of state with a protective order.
State-specific information about custody in Massachusetts.
This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.
General information about divorce with links to Massachusetts-specific information.
A victim of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or stalking can terminate his/her tenancy or get the landlord to change the locks to his/her door.
Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Massachusetts and victim assistance programs.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.
You may have a right to sue your abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.
Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.
Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.
Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.
Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
A get is a divorce under Jewish law.