A harassment prevention order is a civil order issued by a court to stop violent or threatening acts, abuse, communication, contact and/or harassment against you. It can also prevent a harasser (defendant) from coming within a certain distance of you.
To meet the legal definition of harassment, there must be three (3) or more acts of malicious (cruel) behavior against a specific person, with the intent to cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to proerty and that these acts actually do cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property -- OR that the following crimes have been committed against ther person seeking the order: sexual assault or rape; kidnapping; stalking, criminal harassment; drugging eprsons for sexual intercourse.
Any person who is being harassed can file for a harassment prevention order. it does not matter whether the person harassing you is a stranger of someone you know. M.G.L. c.258E. sec. 1
For more information on how to obtain a harassment order, please click here for the NWDA Harassment Prevention Orders brochure