Harassment Prevention Orders in Massachusetts

by | Aug 23, 2021 | Domestic Violence |

The Harassment Prevention Order (M.G.L. c. 258E) is a law that went into effect May 10, 2010 and allows victims of stalking, sexual assault and/or harassment to obtain a harassment prevention order against his/her perpetrator. There is no requirement of a relationship between the victim and perpetrator and violation of the order can be prosecuted criminally.

“Harassment” is defined as:

  1. Three or more acts of willful and malicious conduct aimed at a specific person committed with the intent to cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property and that does in fact cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property; or
  2. One act that by force, threat or duress causes another to involuntarily engage in sexual relations; or
  3. One act that constitutes a violation of certain specifically enumerated criminal statutes.

If granted, the court may order the perpetrator of the harassment to:

  • refrain from abusing or harassing the victim;
  • refrain from contacting the victim;
  • stay away from the victim’s home or workplace; and/or
  • pay monetary compensation for the losses suffered as a result of the harassment.

You may request a Harassment Prevention Order in the District Court, Superior Court, or Juvenile Court (if the defendant is under 17 years) that has venue over your residence.

If you need assistance at a harassment prevention hearing, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar at 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.


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