Category Archives: Harassment Prevention Orders

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October we see an outburst of pink ribbons to symbolize Breast Cancer Awareness month, one of the leading causes of death among women. We all know what it stands for when we see football players on the field wearing pink, but what we see far less are the purple ribbons. In addition to the…
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Harassment vs. Abuse Prevention Orders

Massachusetts offers two statutory mechanisms—Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 209A and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 258E—for protection of victims of abuse and harassment. In 1978, Massachusetts was among the first states to address domestic violence by creation of abuse prevention orders under 209A. Although 209A provided relief to countless victims of abuse, its mandate of a…
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