Given the fact that the Department of Children and Family Services is supposed to work to protect children and families against domestic violence and abuse, I find it extremely concerning that despite multiple attempts to inform them that a current employee, who has not even been employed 6 months yet, has received a 2 year extension on a 209A restraining order, I have not received any phone calls back concerning this issue.
For those who are unaware, there are very few reasons that one of these restraining orders can be granted in Massachusetts, those consist of;
”Abuse”, the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members:
(a) attempting to cause or causing physical harm;
(b) placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm;
(c) causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat or duress.
State employees are subject to CORI checks. DCF employees are subject to up to and including a stage two, which includes any and all civil issues (this includes restraining orders ).
I don’tknow the nature of his position, but if it includes a CORI check to that extent, the DCF needs to take this issue seriously. He (to my probable knowledge ) has access to the personal information if the vulnerable population, because to my knowledge, his position concerns IT (but I could be misinformed) either way, the DCF needs to invistigate this matter. If I had to deal with the DCF, I mostly certainly would not feel comfortable with this man having (or potentially having ) access to my personal information.