CHAPTER 209A §6 - ABUSED PERSON - NOTICE OF RIGHTS
You have the right to appear at the Superior, Probate and Family, District or Boston Municipal Court, if you reside within the appropriate jurisdiction, and file a complaint requesting any of the following applicable orders: (a) an order restraining your attacker from abusing you; (b) an order directing your attacker to leave your household, building or workplace; (c) an order awarding you custody of a minor child; (d) an order directing your attacker to pay support for you or any minor child in your custody, if the attacker has a legal obligation of support, and; (e) an order directing your attacker to pay you for losses suffered as a result of abuse, including medical and moving expenses, loss of earnings or support, costs for restoring utilities and replacing locks, reasonable attorney's fees and other out-of-pocket losses for injuries and property damage sustained.
For an emergency on weekends, holidays, or weeknights the police will refer you to a justice of the superior, probate and family, district, or Boston municipal court departments.
You have the right to go to the appropriate District Court or the Boston municipal court and seek a criminal complaint for threats, assault and battery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to kill or other related offenses.
If you are in need of medical treatment, you have the right to request that an officer present drive you to the nearest hospital or otherwise assist you in obtaining medical treatment.
If you believe that police protection is needed for your physical safety, you have the right to request that the officer present remain at the scene until you and your children can leave or until your safety is otherwise ensured. You may also request that the officer assist you in locating and taking you to a safe place, including but not limited to a designated meeting place for a shelter or a family member's or a friend's residence, or a similar place of safety.
You may request a copy of the police incident report at no cost from the police department.
For additional help and information contact:
|Battered Women's Resources (24 hr. Hotline)||(978) 537-8601|
|Fitchburg District Court/Safe Plan Advocate||(978) 345-8699|
|National Domestic Violence (Hotline)||1-800-799-SAFE|
|Fitchburg Police Dept. Domestic Violence Advocate||(978) 343-4551|
Court Advocacy for Juveniles:
The CASA Project, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASAs help abused and neglected children navigate the Worcester County Juvenile Court System. For more information, please go to http://www.casaworcestercounty.org