Legal Information: Massachusetts

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about abuse prevention orders, harassment prevention orders, extreme risk protection orders, as well as moving in and out of state with a protection order.

State-specific information about custody in Massachusetts.

Basic information about child support 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.

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.