173-B protects any adult against domestic violence.
Minors can also petition for protection through the court
system by asking the court to issue a restraining order against
a person who is abusive. The abuser can be someone with whom
there is or has been a romantic relationship. A person does
not have to be married to or live with the abuser to seek
protection through the courts. An abuser can be a current
or former family or household member. On this website, there
is a section that explains in detail how to obtain a restraining
order through the courts. LINK.
Once a judge issues an order for protection forbidding the
abuser from contact, it is against the law for the abuser
to violate the order by doing something that the judge has
It is a crime to violate the court order.