What will the Judge do after speaking with me?
The Judge may grant or deny the 209A order after speaking with you. If the Judge approves the request, you will receive a Temporary Order for up to a ten day period. This means a court date will be scheduled within 10 business days for you to return to court for a Permanent Order.

If the order is denied, it is essential to work with the advocate to prepare a safety plan. The advocate may refer you to a battered women's program to discuss possible options (i.e. shelters, housing, public assistance, etc.). Please keep your copy of the order with you at all times.

The police will deliver (serve) a copy of the 209A order to your abuser and will keep a duplicate on file at the police station. It is important to provide the police with the abuser's current home and work addresses so they can serve the order. For more information related to Domestic Violence, contact Lieutenant Mark Buckley or Officer Carlos Mercado at the Family Services Unit via 978-970-4023.

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1. What is domestic violence?
2. What is a 209A order?
3. How can I get a 209A to help protect my family and I?
4. Where do I get a 209A order?
5. What kind of questions will they ask me on the form?
6. What can I ask for on the application?
7. What about child custody and visitation?
8. What happens next?
9. What will the Judge do after speaking with me?
10. What is a 10 Day Hearing?
11. What happens at the end of a year?
12. Can a minor obtain a 209A?
13. What if the order is violated?
14. What should I do if an arrest is made?
15. What happens after the arrest?
16. What crimes can an abuser be charged with?
17. What will happen at the court arraignment?
18. What will happen after the arraignment?
19. What is a batterer's intervention program?
20. Will intervention stop the abuse?
21. Will I still be at risk?