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Restraining Orders Can Protect Children at School

Produced by Massachusetts legal services' Domestic Violence and School Safety Workgroup
Reviewed October 2019

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.

School officials, administrators, teachers, and other staff can make schools safe for children affected by domestic violence and their non-abusive parent. They can:

  • learn about restraining orders,
  • work with parents to understand the effect of each restraining order issued to protect a student or the student's parent,
  • adopt strategies to insure compliance with restraining orders in schools.

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