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Before a protection order can take effect, it must be served upon the abuser. In most states, protection orders are served by the sheriff department. You can contact the clerk of the court in the court that issued your order to find out the procedure for service if you are unsure. For a list of Massachusetts courts, check the MA Courthouse Locations page on our site. Listed below are telephone numbers and addresses for sheriff departments in Massachusetts, as gathered by the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association.
Barnstable County Sheriff's Office
Berkshire County Sheriff's Office
Bristol County Sheriff's Office
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Dukes County Sheriff's Office
149 Main Street
P.O. Box 252
Edgartown, MA 02539
Essex County Sheriff's Office
20 Manning Road
P.O. Box 807
Middleton, MA 01949
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Hampden County Sheriff's Office
Hampshire County Sheriff's Office
205 Rocky Hill
P.O. Box 7000
Northampton, MA 01061
Middlesex County Sheriff's Office
Nantucket County Sheriff's Office
16 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Nantucket, MA 02554
Norfolk County Sheriff's Office
Plymouth County Sheriff's Office
Suffolk County Sheriff's Office
(617) 635-1000 ext. 2100
Worcester County Sheriff's Office
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