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Legal Information: Massachusetts
Updated: December 11, 2019
What protections can I get in a harassment prevention order?
As part of a harassment prevention order, the judge can order that the harasser:
- stop abusing or harassing you;
- stop contacting you, unless contact is permitted by the court;
- stay away from your home or workplace; and
- pay you back for any money that you lost because of the harassment, such as:
- loss of earnings from work;
- medical expenses;
- damage to property;
- the cost of replacing your locks;
- the cost of getting an unlisted phone number; and
- your attorney’s fees.1
Note: You can ask for numbers 1 through 3, above, whether the harasser (defendant) is an adult or a minor. You can only ask for number 4, above, if the harasser is an adult.1
1 M.G.L.A. 258E § 3(a)
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