Protection from Abuse

Three Types of Protection Orders

Protection From Abuse: PFA

Eligibility

  • Victim must be 18 years or older OR have an adult guardian file on their behalf
    AND
  • The abuser MUST be one of the following:
    Related to the victim by blood or marriage (i.e. parent, child, step-parent, a household relative)
    A current or former spouse
    A current or former intimate partner, including same sex partners
    (i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend or father/mother of your children) 
File in the county where:
• The victim lives or works
• The abuser lives
• An abusive incident occurred

If the victim fled their home to avoid further abuse they may have the right to file in another county.

Under PA law, PFAs include protection from:
• Physical Assault
• Sexual Assault
• Harassment
• Stalking
• Threats or causing fear of bodily injury
• False imprisonment

NOT included under PA Law:
• Mental or emotional abuse
• Arguments concerning custody of children

Protection may include conditions such as:
• No contact with victim(s)
• Drug and alcohol evaluation/treatment
• Mental health evaluation/treatment
• Attend the NOVIS program
• Special custody provisions
• Firearms ordered to be confiscated
 
Sexual Violence Protection: SVP

Eligibility

• The abuser MUST NOT be a household, family member, or intimate partner relationship with the 
   victim Under PA law, SVPs include protection from:
• Sexual offenses
• Sexual abuse and exploitation of children
• Unlawful contact with a minor
• Endangering the welfare of children
Protection may include conditions such as:
• No contact with victim(s)
• Drug and alcohol evaluation/treatment
• Mental Health evaluation/treatment
• Firearms be confiscated
• Any other appropriate relief

Protection From Intimidation: PFI

Eligibility

• The abuser MUST NOT have a household, family member, or intimate partner relationship with the victim
• The abuser MUST be OVER 18 years of age
• The victim MUST be UNDER 18 years of age

Under PA law, PFIs include protection from:
• Harassment
• Stalking

Protection may include conditions such as:
• No contact with victim(s)
• Drug and alcohol evaluation/treatment
• Mental Health evaluation/treatment
• Firearms be confiscated
• Any other appropriate relief