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Posted By Winchester Police on March 17th, 2020

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Winchester Police Department is asking for assistance from residents.  While we are open every day, 24/7,we will be limiting access to our building to the general public.  If you require records, email Jennifer Rolli in our records department at jrolli@winchesterpd.org and after preparing your request, the records will be left at our […]

 

Archive for July, 2010

Criminal Harassment / Anti-Bullying

Posted By Winchester Police on July 2nd, 2010

Massachusetts recently enacted a law which assists victims of harassment.  The law, Chapter 258E, allows victims to obtain Harassment Prevention Orders (HPO) against their harasser.  HPOs are similar to  209A Abuse Prevention Orders; however, they may be obtained by anyone and not just those who are in certain types of relationships.  Harassment Prevention Orders can be a useful tool against chronic bullying.  If you are a victim of harassment, contact Winchester Police.

The basis for Harassment Prevention Orders is as follows:

  • Three acts of intimidation, abuse or property damage that are willful and malicious conduct, aimed at a specific person with the intent to cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property and which does result in fear, intimidation, abuse, or damage to property; or
  • Involuntary sexual relations. A forceful or threatening act that causes another to involuntarily engage in sexual relations; or
  • Specific crimes. A violation of the crime of indecent A&B on a child under 14 or on a person 15 and over or A&B or indecent A&B on a person with mental retardation; or rape, rape of a child, statutory rape; or assault with intent to rape; or stalking or criminal harassment; or drugging to engage in intercourse.

Components of Harassment Protection Orders:

  • Refrain from abusing or harassing the plaintiff.
  • No contact (unless authorized by the court).
  • Remain away from the plaintiff’s household or workplace.
  • Pay compensation for any losses suffered as a direct result
    of the harassment (e.g., loss of earnings, property damage,
    replacing locks, medical expenses, obtaining an unlisted phone
    number and reasonable attorney’s fees).