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November 30, 2021

Can a minor file for an abuse prevention order?

In order for a minor to get an abuse prevention order, an adult (usually a parent or guardian) is supposed to file the complaint on the minor’s behalf. The section of the complaint form that refers to minors specifically states “I am under the age of 18, and _____, my______ (relationship to Plaintiff) has filed this complaint for me.”

If you want to see how judges in your county typically handle a minor who comes to court without an adult, you can contact your local domestic violence organization or legal services organization. Go to our MA Places that Help page for referrals.

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