Brockton woman withdrew restraining order before she died

In late April, Florence Beaulieu, a Brockton mother of four, filed for a restraining order against her estranged husband, citing a litany of abuse. She and her children feared for their lives, she said.

“Everytime he would beat me up,” she wrote in her affidavit for the protective order, “he bit, slapped, and had spit on my face . . . I have had to go to the hospital after he beat me.”

But two days before she was found dead, Beaulieu requested that the restraining order not be renewed, court records show.


On Friday, the 37-year-old was found dead in her home, her bloodied body discovered by her teenage daughter when she got home from school, neighbors said.

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Authorities declined Tuesday to discuss the status of the investigation, or whether Beaulieu’s husband, Jean Michel Beaulieu, is a suspect in her death. Investigators have not declared her death a homicide, and are waiting for autopsy results to determine how she died.

Jean Michel Beaulieu, 42, could not be reached for comment.

Florence Beaulieu worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton as a certified nursing assistant. Her four children, ages 5 to 16, are in state custody.

“We will continue working on behalf of the children to ensure that they are placed in a home where they will be safe and properly cared for,” a spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Families said.


The Enterprise of Brockton reported Tuesday that Beaulieu had filed the protective order against her husband, and that her mother is now seeking custody of her children.

In her application for the restraining order, Beaulieu said her husband physically abused her throughout their 15-year-marriage, and that she suffered “daily verbal abuse.”

He had moved to Dorchester, according to the affidavit, but continued to harass her, she said. He had been following her to the bank and calling nonstop, forcing her to change her number.

A day before Beaulieu sought the order, her children came home to find a “voodoo candle” on the front steps. Frightened, Beaulieu took the children to a friend’s house for the night.

“Now I and the children are fearful for our lives and I feel very threatened by him,” she wrote.


The restraining order was lifted at her request, court records show.

She and her husband testified at a hearing at Brockton District Court.

Beaulieu also obtained a restraining order against her husband in 2012, when they lived in Randolph, writing that “the verbal abuse and lack of respect is too much for me to handle.”

“I feel like by staying in this relationship as is, I am hurting myself and my children,” she wrote.

“I don’t believe this is a healthy way of living.”

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