Chapter 209A, the Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Act, defines abuse as :
What is a 209A Order?
An Abuse Prevention Order, called a "209A Order," or a "protective order," or "restraining order," is a civil court order intended to provide protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force or threat of harmfrom a family or household member. You can obtain an order against:
Where Can I Get a 209A Order/Retraining Order?
A 209A Order can be obtained in any District Court, Superior Court , or Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts. An emergency 209A Order can be obtained through any police department after court hours, on weekends and holidays. You do not need a lawyer to file for a 209A Order and there is no charge for filing.