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Supervised Visitation

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed October 2023

"Domestic violence" is when a family member or intimate partner abuses another family member, household, or intimate partner. There are many different forms of abuse. However, Massachusetts law usually defines domestic violence or abuse as when someone:

  • harms you physically,
  • tries to harm you physically,
  • makes you afraid that serious physical harm is going to happen to you, or
  • threatens, pressures, or forces you to have sex.
Produced by Jeff Wolf
Reviewed May 5, 2006

In cases involving domestic violence, the Probate & Family Court can order that visitation be supervised. Sometimes courts order that the supervised visitation take place at a supervised visitation center. Sometimes courts order that visitation be supervised by a person who does not work at a supervised visitation center.

How to Request an Order for Supervised Visitation - Instructions has information about how to request an order for visitation at a supervised visitation center and how to request an order for visitation supervised by an individual.

Produced by Americorps members of the Massachusetts Service Alliance
Created March 2010

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