Getting a Restraining Order

Are you being hurt?

If you or a friend are being hurt, contact the Northeastern University Police Department immediately.

  • Call (617) 373-3333 or 3333 from a campus phone.
  • Call 911 if you are off campus.

Consider ways to leave the present situation safely

The police will assist you in obtaining an emergency order valid until the next court business day.

Once the order has been issued, you will be given a copy and the police will attempt to serve a copy to the abuser.

Remember to keep the order on you at all times.

Obtain a restraining order

NUPD Detectives will assist you at each step of this process and accompany you to all court hearings.

This is a civil complaint.

You will be required to file an application for a Complaint for Protection from Abuse at a local court.

You will then speak to a judge or clerk magistrate to explain what happened and why you need protection.

The judge will then decide whether to grant a Temporary Order which is valid for 10 days.

You will be provided a copy of the order and summons to return to court in 10 days for a hearing.

The abuser will also be sent a summons to appear and the police will attempt to serve the order.

At the hearing, the judge will decide whether to extend the order up to a period of one year based on the testimony heard and evidence gathered.

If the abuse does not appear, the hearing will still be held. You must appear at this hearing or the order will automatically be dismissed.

What if the order is violated?

Violation of an Abuse Prevention "Restraining" Order is a crime.

Contact the Northeastern Police immediately by dialing
(617) 373-3333. If you are off campus, dial 911.

Develop a personalized safety plan

Remember to keep your order with you at all times.

Inform family, friends, neighbors and the local/university police that you have an order.

Identify and have available important phone numbers: police, friends, shelters and hotlines.

Identify a few safe place you can go if you have to leave your home quickly.

Leave extra money, car keys, clothes and copies of important papers with someone you trust.

Increase safety at your home by upgrading physical security, i.e. change locks, increase outdoor lighting, install an alarm system.

Inform your family, roommates, friends, employers, and neighbors that the abuser is no longer welcomed by you and to contact the police if the abuser is seen near your home or place of work.

If you have children, inform your child's school, day care center, etc. of the names of those persons with permission to pick up your child.

If you are thinking of returning to an abusive relationship, first talk with someone you trust about other possible options.

Get involved with a support group on campus or in your community.

You are not alone and you are not at fault.

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