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MA Pets in Restraining Orders

Animals in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: MA

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MASSACHUSETTES allows domestic violence protective orders to include pets. In addition, federal law includes the crime of stalking and actions that make the victim fear that the stalker will hurt the victim’s pet, service or emotional support animal, or horse (18 U.S.C. § 2261A (2019)). As per the Animal Legal & Historical Center website1, Summary: This Massachusetts law, effective October…

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Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: MA

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MASSACHUSETTES is considered an All-Party Consent State, in that all people involved in the recorded communication must give permission. As per the Justia website1, Under Massachusetts law, it is illegal to record any oral, telephone, or wire communication without the consent of all parties. Violators are subject to felony charges, fines, jail time, and/or civil damages. MA Gen L Ch…

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Address Confidentiality Laws: MA

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The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) exists to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes from their abusers being able to track and locate them, potentially putting them in continued harm’s way. The program gives victims a legal substitute address where their first-class mail will be forwarded (free of charge) to their actual address. This substitute address…

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