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Philadelphia Legal Assistance "Make Your Case" Video Series

Philadelphia Legal AssistancePhiladelphia Legal Assistance has launched Make Your Case, a legal self-help video series. With a grant from the Legal Services Corporation, PLA attorneys developed three self-help videos for people who represent themselves in custody, support, and protection from abuse cases in family court. The video series is available in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, and Indonesian, providing a valuable legal resource to people with limited English proficiency.

Videos from the Make Your Case series are also available on under the Custody and Guardianship of Children, Child Support and Paternity and Domestic Violence & Protection From Abuse topics under the main heading Children and Families.

Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act Now in Effect

A new law, The Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act, went into effect in Pennsyvania on July 1, 2015. The new law offers additional protections to victims of sexual violence and intimidation who may not fall under the coverage of Pennsylvania's Protection From Abuse Act.

The Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act applies to adults and minors who are victims of sexual violence, harassment, stalking, and intimidation when the person who is abusing them is not a member of their family or household.

The Act gives victims a way to get a court order that requires the offender to stay away from them. There are two types of protective orders available.

Adults and minors can petition for a Sexual Violence Protection Order against someone who has no family or personal relationship to the victim. A Protection From Intimidation Order is available to protect minors when the offender is age 18 or older and is stalking or harassing the victim.

Click here for more information on the protections offered under the law from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.