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How can a 209A Protective Order help me with personal property?

If you get a 209A order, the judge can order the person who abused you to “compensate” (pay) you for certain things that you need because of the abuse. 1 Things you need because of the abuse can be things you had to leave behind, things he destroyed or things like:

  • money you could not earn because you were in a relationship where there was domestic violence
  • the financial support you were getting from the person who abused you while you were in the relationship
  • the cost of installing utilities in your new place, or restoring them if you are staying in the same place,
  • medical expenses because of the abuse,
  • the cost of replacing locks or personal property that the abusive person took or destroyed,
  • moving expenses, and
  • reasonable attorney’s fees.

The judge can also order the person who abused you to compensate you for other losses that are not on this list.

If I am not married and I am not getting a 209A order, is there any way for me to get my things?

See How can I get the rest of my things after I move out?

Endnotes

1 (The law says, “for the losses suffered as direct result of such abuse”) General Laws, Chapter 209A, section 3.

Produced by an AmeriCorps Project of Western Massachusetts Legal Services updated and revised Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated November 2010

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