Legal Information: Massachusetts

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 3, 2018

Harassment Prevention Orders

A harassment prevention order is a civil court order that can be granted to a victim of "harassment," regardless of the relationship between you and the person harassing you. "Harassment" for these purposes includes forced sexual relations, stalking, and many other crimes, in addition to what someone might typically define as harassment. The specific acts that are considered harassment are explained in this section. This section also has information about who is eligible for an order, how a harassment prevention order can help you, what happens if the harasser violates the order, and more.