About Restraining Orders
A restraining order, also referred to as a 209A protective order, is an option to consider for those seeking safety from an abuser.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPPS) notes that restraining orders are only a piece of a larger safety plan. It is important to make safety plans in addition to obtaining a restraining order.
Call our local domestic violence agencies -- N -- ----, , NNELCWIT at (413)-772-0806 in Greenfield; (978)-544-9857 in Orange/Athol or Toll Free (888)-249-0806* or Safe Passage at (413) 586-5066 in Northampton or Toll Free (888) 3435-5282 -- for information about shelters and services. As always, in an emergency call
For additional information regarding safety planning, please visit the Jane Doe, Inc – The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence website
EOPSS provides the following information on restraining orders in the form of commonly asked questions.