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Abuse & Harassment
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF VIOLENCE, ABUSE OR HARASSMENT AND BELIEVE YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL 9-1-1.
Filings by Email
Use the following forms to submit a Protection from Abuse or Harassment by email.
- For Email Filing: Forms to file a Protection from Abuse (PDF)
- For Email Filing: Forms to file a Protection from Harassment (PDF)
- For Email Filing: Forms to file a Motion to Extend Order for Protection (PDF)
- List of email addresses by court region for use in Protection from Abuse & Harassment emailed filings (PDF)
For more information about how to ask for a protection from abuse or protection from harassment order by email, see the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.
For all other court forms in Protection from Abuse or Harassment cases, see the Court Forms page.
How law enforcement can help
Maine law enforcement officers receive special training to help victims of domestic violence prevent further abuse. Officers may:
- Give the victim written information about domestic violence or sexual assault help that is available locally, and how to file a protection from abuse case;
- Remain on the scene of the alleged abuse as long as the officer reasonably believes there is a danger to the physical safety of the victim without the officer being there;
- Assist the victim in obtaining medical treatment caused by the abuse; and/or
- Arrest an individual with or without a warrant if the officer reasonably believes that there has been a violation of a previously granted temporary or final protection from abuse order. The violation of the order does not need to have taken place in the presence of the officer.
- If you are a victim of violence, abuse, or harassment and believe you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
- If you are worried for yourself or for someone else, please consider contacting the following resources.
- Statewide Domestic Abuse Helpline: 1-866-834-HELP (free and confidential). Individuals who are deaf, late-deafened, or hard of hearing: 1-800-437-1220.
- Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-871-7741 (free and confidential)
- Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
- Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault,
- When you contact one of the above resources, you will be connected with an advocate. An advocate is a trained person who can:
- Give information about protection orders and help you understand what happens in court;
- Help with court paperwork and find legal help;
- Give you support and information;
- Help with other services like housing, counseling, support groups, and mental health help;
- Help with safety planning; and/or
- Provide information on how to file if you are under 18.
- To learn more about the process of filing for a protection order, please review the Judicial Branch "Guide to Protection from Abuse and Harassment Cases." You can access this guide on the court's website or request a copy from the clerk at the courthouse.
- The guide contains information for both plaintiffs and defendants.
- Maine Lawyer Referral Service ($25 for a 30-minute consultation with an attorney):
- Maine Adult Protective Services arranges for services to protect incapacitated and dependent adults (age 18 and over) in danger of abuse, neglect or exploitation. The adult abuse hotline number: 1-800-624-8404 or Maine Relay 711.
- Maine Child and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services protects children from abuse and neglect. The 24- hour hotline to report suspected abuse or neglect is 1-800-452- 1999 or Maine Relay 711.