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Restraining Orders Can Protect Children at School

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Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

In order to learn and develop, all children need to feel safe and be
safe at school.  This is especially true for children who have
suffered from the effects of domestic violence.  

Restraining
orders can provide crucial protection for children and their
non-abusive parent at school.  They can prohibit an abusive parent
from coming on school grounds and into school buildings, rooms, and
offices.

There is much that school officials,
administrators, teachers, and other staff can do to make schools safe
for children, including children affected by domestic violence as well
as their non-abusive parent.  They can learn about restraining
orders and work with parents to understand the effect of each
restraining order issued to protect a student or the student's
parent. They can adopt strategies to insure compliance with
restraining orders in schools.

The
Massachusetts legal services'
Domestic Violence and School Safety Workgroup have produced some
information about restraining orders for schools and parents. The
article explains
how restraining orders can provide protection and help children be safe
and feel safe at school. The checklist suggests practical things that
schools can do to make the school as safe as possible when there
are restraining orders.

Produced by Massachusetts legal services' Domestic Violence and School Safety Workgroup
Created January, 2007

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