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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Domestic Violence and Protection From Abuse issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Find Legal Assistance to Get Protection from Domestic Violence

    Click on the Find Legal Help tab above to locate a legal service provider to assist you in getting protection from domestic violence. Content Detail

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    PALawHELP.org
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence Services By County

    Linked map and alphabetical list of Counties identifying domestic violence programs available in the counties. These programs typically provide crisis hotlines, counseling, education, shelter, and advocacy for victims of domestic violence. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • The Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act

    Information from the Pennsylvania Coalition on Domestic Violence about the new Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act that went into effect on July 1, 2015. The new law extends additional protections to individuals who may not be covered by the provisions of the Protection From Abuse Act. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Protection From Abuse: Help Is Just A Phone Call Away (Video)

    This video from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a 2 1/2-minute primer on how domestic violence victims may obtain a protection-from-abuse court order against an abusive partner. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Civil Protection Orders - Bilingual Forms

    Bilingual information and forms regarding obtaining protection through a Protection from Abuse Order or a Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence and/or Intimidation Order. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System
  • Dependable Access for Victimization Expenses (DAVE) Online Claim Filing System

    This Victims Compensation Assistance Program helps victims of crime in Pennsylvania with expenses related to a crime. You may use this site to file a claim for compensation. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
  • Local Forms and Self-Help Information

    For local forms and information for your county, click the title to see the SELF-HELP FORMS AND INFORMATION sub-topic. Counties are listed alphabetically after some generally applicable forms or you can set your location on the page to see only forms applicable for that location. Content Detail

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    PALawHELP.org
  • Protection from Abuse

    Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

    Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Protection From Abuse Orders (PFA)

    Click the link to view Chapter 9-Protection From Abuse Orders of the Family Law Manual published by North Penn Legal Services. [PDF] Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Family Law for Teen Parents

    Family Law for Teen Parents is a complete guide from Philadelphia Legal Assistance for teen parents about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to paternity, child custody, child support, protection from abuse, and emancipation. The guide features easy-to-follow graphics and plenty of real-world examples, targeted towards teen parents and their advocates, and includes a resource guide for teens who need extra help. [PDF] Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Abuse

    Information on the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Domestic Violence and Welfare Support Requirements

    Information from the Women's Law Project and Philadelphia Bar Association about the requirement that families who receive cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance (GA) programs apply for child or spousal support unless excused for good cause. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Women's Law Project and Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Forms - Pennsylvania Courts

    Listing of forms available for use by the public in Pennsylvania Courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Phiiladelphia County

    Flyer describing the housing rights of victims of domestic and sexual violence under local Philadelphia law. Content Detail

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia