What is a 209A Order?

An Abuse Prevention Order called a "209A Order," or a "protective order," or "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 the legal definition of "abuse"?
2. What is a 209A Order?
3. Where can I get a 209A Order?
4. How can I get an Order in District Court?
5. What questions are asked on this form?
6. What relief can I ask for on the application?
7. What about child custody and visitation?
8. What happens next?
9. What will the judge do before speaking with you?
10. What is a Ten Day Hearing?
11. What happens at the end of a year or end of the effective date?
12. What should you do if you want to change the terms of the Order?
13. Can a minor obtain a 209A Order?
14. What happens if the Order is violated?
15. What happens if an arrest is made?
16. What crimes can be charged?
17. What happens after an arrest?
18. What happens at the arraignment?
19. What happens after the arraignment?
20. What is a Certified Batterer's Intervention Program?
21. Will the interventions stop the abuse?