Dating violence arrest
Restraining Orders A restraining order, generally speaking, is a command from a court telling an abuser not to abuse you, not to contact you, and to stay away from you.
Violation of the order to stay away from you, not to contact you, or abuse you is a criminal offense, punishable by a fine and up to two-and-one-half years in the House of Correction.
Generally, domestic violence begins with non-violent behaviors as the abused partner seeks to pull away from the relationship, or assert his or her independence.
Once the abuse becomes physical, it generally becomes increasingly violent over time, starting from a slap or a shove and escalating to severe beatings or injuries using weapons, and ultimately, homicide.
Wherever possible, victims work with the same prosecutor, victim-witness advocate and investigator until the case is resolved.
They also work closely with shelters, service providers, and other agencies to help get victims all the resources they need.
Designated prosecutors in the county’s busiest district courts — the Boston Municipal Court’s Central, Dorchester, Roxbury, and West Roxbury divisions, plus Chelsea District Court — track repeat offenders, handle the more serious district court cases and act as liaisons to the Domestic Violence Unit and the community.
The judge may ask to speak directly with you, or ask you to write a statement about why you need a restraining order.
This type of restraining order expires on the next day your local court is open for business, so if you obtain this type of order, you will need to go to court the next business day to obtain a temporary restraining order, described above.