Who is a family or household member?

Chapter 209A, the Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Act, defines family or household members as persons who:

  • Are or were married to one another
  • Are or were residing together in the same household
  • Are or were related by blood or marriage
  • Having a child in common regardless of whether they have ever married or lived together
  • Are or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship, which shall be adjudged by district, probate or Boston municipal courts, by considering the following factors:
    • The length of time of the relationship
    • The type of relationship
    • The frequency of interaction between the parties
    • If the relationship has been terminated by either person, the length of time elapsed since the termination of the relationship

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1. What is the legal definition of abuse?
2. What is an abuse prevention order?
3. Who is a family or household member?
4. Where can I get a 209A Order?
5. I live in Watertown, which court can I go to?
6. The court is closed, how do I get a 209A Order?
7. Will a restraining order send my abuser to jail?
8. What happens if my abuser violates the 209A Order?
9. How will my abuser find out about the restraining order?
10. How much does a restraining order cost?
11. Do I need a lawyer?
12. How can I protect myself?