What is a 209A order?

An Abuse Prevention Order, called a "209A order," a "protective order," or a "restraining order," is a civil court order intended to provide protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force or threat of harm from a family or household member. You can obtain an order against:

  • A spouse or former spouse
  • A present or former household member
  • A relative by blood or a present or former relative by marriage 
  • The parent of your minor child
  • A person with whom you have or had a substantial dating relationship

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1. What is a 209A order?
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