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

  • Find Your Local Domestic Violence Program - Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    Help centers across the state provide free, confidential counseling, shelter, legal, and economic services for domestic violence victims and their children. Locate a center near you using your city or zip code; or your current location identified by your mobile device or computer. Content Detail

    By:
    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • How to Obtain a Civil Protection Order (Video)

    This video from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts explains the process for obtaining a civil protection order from the courts. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Protection Orders: How to File for a Protection Order in Pennsylvania (Video)

    This video from the Pennsylvania Courts provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to file for a protection order. The video will prepare victims for what to expect when they file a protection order by offering a detailed description of each step involved in the filing process. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Getting a Protection From Abuse Order - Pennsylvania (Video)

    This video from Philadelphia Legal Assistance explains the court process for obtaining a Protection From Abuse Order. The video is part of Philadelphia Legal Assistance's "Make Your Case" video series. Read More

    By:
    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    French / Français
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • 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

    By:
    PALawHELP.org
  • 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

    By:
    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

    By:
    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

    By:
    Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System
  • 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

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

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services on Protection From Abuse Orders and on Protection From Sexual Violence and Protection From Intimidation Orders. Content Detail

    By:
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Strangulation

    Resource from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence about Strangulation and Pennsylvania's Strangulation Law including a webinar describing what the law covers and how it works. Content Detail

    By:
    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • 3 Tips If You Are Planning To Leave An Abusive Relationship (Video)

    The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers safety tips it you are planning to leave an abusive relationship. Read More

    By:
    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Protection Order Resources for Victims of Crime from PASafeLaw.org

    Protection orders can be powerful tools in helping to keep victims of crime safe. Civil protection orders are meant to help keep victims safe. A judge will sign the order to stop the abuser from contacting and abusing the victim and may also provide other forms of relief, including custody, relinquishment of firearms, and/or eviction of the abuser, that help assure victim safety and security. Content Detail

    By:
    PASafeLaw
  • Abuse

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

    By:
    Erie County Bar Association
  • Battered Spouse, Children & Parents - Immigrant Visa Petitions

    Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about immigrant visa petitions under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA allows certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser's knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services