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What if I do not have a restraining order or police report?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed April 2019

Many people suffer domestic violence without getting help. For some people, getting a restraining order or calling the police is helpful. Other people find that calling the police or getting a restraining order puts them in more danger. Everyone’s situation is different.

DTA can ask you for proof of the abuse. DTA cannot ask for a specific kind of proof. DTA cannot make you get a restraining order or file a police report. If you do not have proof, DTA is supposed to try to help you get the proof you need. In most cases, you can give DTA a letter from someone who knows about the abuse.

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