What happens at the arraignment?

It is important to provide information to the Assistant District Attorney before the arraignment and bail hearing regarding the history of the abuse and a description of the most recent abuse, including any pictures or hospital records of injuries. You should also mention the location of any guns or other weapons that you believe the abuser has in his or her possession.

The Assistant District Attorney will bring this information to the attention of the judge, along with your safety concerns and fears at this time. The judge may also consider whether the defendant/ abuser should be jailed until trial; or, if the defendant/ abuser is to be released, what the bail and conditions of bail will be. The Assistant District Attorney represents the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in prosecuting the case and works with the Victim/Witness Advocate to address your interests and assist you during trial.

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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?