The Abuse Prevention Law, Massachusetts General Law, Chap. 209A, was enacted to help keep a victim from being abused. It applies to “family and household members.” Family members are defined as parents, siblings, or relationships by marriage. Household members are defined as roommates, or individuals living in the same residence. The law also protects parties who are in a substantial dating relationship with one another.
Process for Requesting an Abuse Prevention Order:
- If you are being abused, contact the Northeastern University Police Department by dialing 617.373.2121
- An officer will escort you to a local court and assist you in obtaining the Prevention Order.
- If an order is issued by the courts, the police will serve the order to the abuser.
- In normal circumstances, the case will be continued for 10 business days, at which time the defendant will have an opportunity give testimony.
- After hearing testimony, the judge will either extend or vacate the order.
Process for Requesting a Harassment Order:
- The Harassment Prevention Order, Massachusetts GeneralLaw 258E, fills a critical gap in the law to protect victims of criminal harassment, stalking, or sexual assault from being harassed repeatedly regardless of their relationship with the perpetrator. If you are a victim of harassment, contact the Northeastern University Police immediately for assistance or your local police where you live. To learn more, see the resources and links below.
What if it is an Emergency?
- If you need immediate protection from your abuser and are in imminent danger contact the Northeastern University Police immediately by dialing 617.373.3333 or if off-campus in Boston call 617.343.4911. If you are outside of Boston call 911. If a protection order is required after hours, the police will contact an on call judge and request an emergency restraining order be issued. That order is only valid unil the next business at a local court.
What if the Order is Violated?
- Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order is a crime. If your abuser violates the order call the police immediately.
Leaving an Abusive Relationship:
- Remember, leaving a violent relationship can be very difficult and dangerous.
- Make sure you have a safety plan in place.
- Know ahead of time a safe place you can go to in an emergency. The police will assist you
|Northeastern University Police||617.373.2121|
|University Health & Counseling – VISION||617.373.2772
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|New England Baptist Urgent Care||617.754.5533|
|Beth Israel Deaconess Med. Ctr.||617.667.3337|
|Beth Israel Rape Crisis Intervention||617.667.4645|
|Boston Medical Center||617.534.4075|
|Brigham and Women’s Hospital||617.732.5636|
|Cambridge Health Alliance||617.665.1429|
|Haven at Massachusetts General Hospital||617.724.0054|
|Casa Myrna Vazquez||800.992.2600|
|Coalition for Battered Women||617.248.0922|
|Boston Police Emergency||617.343.4911|
|Child at Risk Hotline||800.792.5200|
|CPASA (Community Program Against Sexual Assault) Servicing Women – Multi-cultural / Bilingual||617.442.6300|
|Disabled Abuse Hotline||800.426.6300|
|Elder Abuse Hotline||800.922.2275|
|Fenway Community Health Center Servicing Gay Men and Women||617.267.0900|
|Greater Boston legal Services||617.623.5900|
|Network for Battered Lesbians||617.424.8611|
|Teen Dating Violence Intervention||617.868.8328|