What is Domestic Abuse?

Chapter 209A, the Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Act, defines abuse as any of the following:

  • Actual physical abuse
  • An attempt to harm another
  • Placing another in fear of serious physical harm
  • Causing another to engage in sexual relations by force, threat of force, or duress

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