SENATE, No. 2185
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled,
And by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Definitions.
As used in this chapter the following words shall have the following meanings:
three or more acts of willful malicious conduct aimed at a specific person done with the intent to cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property and that does in fact cause f
ear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property; or
ordering the defendant to pay the plaintiff monetary compensation for the losses suffered as a direct result of harassment. Compensatory losses shall include, but not be limited to, loss of earnings, out-of-
pocket losses for injuries sustained or property damaged, replacement of locks, medical expenses, cost for obtaining an unlisted phone number, and reasonable attorney’s fees;
Whenever any law officer has reason to believe that a person has been abused or harassed or is in danger of being abused or harassed, such officer shall use all reasonable means to prevent further abuse or harassment. Officers should make every effort to do the following as part of the emergency response:
(1) Assess t he immediate physical danger to the victim and provide assistance reasonable to mitigate the safety risk.
(2) If there is observable injury to the victim or if the victim is complaining of injury, encourage the victim to seek medical attention and arrange for medical assistance or request an ambulance for transport to a hospital.
(3) If a sexual assault has occurred, notify the victim that there are time sensitive medical/forensic options that may be available. Encourage the victim to seek medical attenti on and arrange for medical assistance or request an ambulance for transport to a hospital.
(4) Provide the victim with referrals to local resources that may assist the victim in locating and getting to a safe place.
Provide adequate notice to the victim of her/his rights, including but not limited to obtaining a harassment prevention order.
Assessment Upon Assignment to a Treatment Program