Protection from Abuse Self Help Packet

Please be advised it is not necessary that an attorney be involved in the filing of a petition for protection from abuse as you may file the petition on your own. If you choose to do so, it is strongly recommended that you contact the advocate listed below for assistance.

The​ following forms are available if you do not wish to hire an attorney and want to file for a Protection Order on your own.

However, you do not have to file for an Order alone. Specially trained advocates are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to you.

You may speak to an advocate today by calling:

Safe Home: (717) 632-0007 (hotline number, 24 hours, 7 days per week)

An advocate from Safe Home can assist you in preparing and filing a petition.

The following additional victim services are available to victims of domestic violence: 

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
24-Hour National Helpline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
 
Adams County Victim/Witness Office
717-337-9844

DISCLAIMER: Law Library staff, Court staff and Filing Office staff (Prothonotary Office, Clerk of Courts Office, Domestic Relations Section, Court Administration) cannot provide you legal advice or assist you in completing self-help forms. The information provided is not a substitute for professional legal advice. The Court takes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these self-help forms. You may click on this link to "Attorneys Available for Consultation on Completing Self-help Packets" for possible assistance. You may also call the Adams County Court Administrator's Office at the phone number provided on this page to receive information regarding obtaining legal services.

Step 1: Print out the following:
Step 3: File the completed forms at the Adams County Prothonotary's Office, 117 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
    ONLY FOR AFTER-HOURS EMERGENCY PFA PETITIONERS, TO BE FILED WITH THE ON-CALL MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE
    ​​Filings related to Custody, Divorce, and Protection From Abuse are to be filed at the Adams County Prothonotary's Office. More information about the Prothonotary's Office can be obtained by clicking <HERE>.
    Adams County
    Court Administration


    Adams County Courthouse
    117 Baltimore Street, 4th Floor
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    717-337-9846
    717-334-8817 (Fax)
     
    District Court Administrator
    Donald Fennimore
    dfennimore@adamscounty.us
     
    Deputy District Court Administrator
    Donna Cassatt
    dcassatt@adamscounty.us
     
    Chief Tipstaff
    Robert Powell
    rpowell@adamscounty.us

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