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Domestic Violence Ended (D.O.V.E)

Jane Doe: Voices for Change

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Massachusetts Restraining Orders

Who is eligible?


A restraining order, also referred to as a 209A protective order, is one option for you to consider in seeking safety from your abuser. The information below describes court orders and answers to commonly asked questions such as how to get one, how they are enforced and how to make a decision about seeking an order.


We encourage people to recognize that restraining orders are only a piece of a larger safety plan. It is important that you make safety plan in addition to obtaining a restraining order. A shelter can help you know what is available to you. Call 1-877-785-2020 to be connected to the program nearest you. In an emergency call 9-1-1 for a police officer to come to your aid.

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence can take several forms in addition to physical battering: sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, and economic abuse.  Sadly, in recent years there has been a significant increase in domestic violence-related homicides in Massachusetts, and the impact ripples beyond the families into the community. 

The Victim Compensation & Assistance Division of the AGO provides financial assistance to eligible victims of violent crime, including victims and child witnesses to domestic violence, and family members of homicide victims (M.G.L. c. 258C ).  In 2007, the Division assisted over 260 victims of domestic violence and their families with costs such as: hospital expenses; dental treatment; prescriptions; mental health counseling; lost wages; and funeral/burial expenses.  For information about the program, view the Victims of Violent Crime Compensation page of this site.


Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.

People in abusive relationships may not even realize the negative effects they are experiencing. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological and involves threats of actions that influence another person.

Your support and encouragement can be of tremendous value to a friend or coworker involved in an abusive relationship. You can ease the isolation and loss of control your friend may feel by listening, providing information, and helping to explore options.

October 2013:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Holliston Police Department

550 Washington Street Holliston, Massachusetts 01746

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