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Overview of how to get a Protection from Abuse Order

Pennsylvanians who are domestic violence victims have probably heard about Restraining Orders, which called Protection from Abuse Orders in this state. But, victims may still have no idea how to get one. Situations involving domestic violence are, of course, very serious. As such, it's important to understand how to seek the protection an individual needs and deserves.

Pa. lawmakers mulling bill to protect domestic violence victims

It's not uncommon in Pennsylvania for people to have firearms in their residence. Whether it's for hunting, target practice or self-defense, many people keep guns at home. This could potentially become problematic if a gun owner is accused of domestic violence. Many people say that there is currently a loophole that does not adequately control the possession of firearms by domestic abusers. State lawmakers are considering changing the law to close this loophole.

Domestic abuse order change may be ordered after Trooper's murder

Following the fatal shooting of Pennsylvania State Trooper, Landon Weaver, at the end of last December, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence called for revisions in the state's laws and procedures governing protection from abuse orders. Although Trooper Weaver was shot, while investigating an alleged Protection from Abuse (PFA) order violation, reports indicate that there was not an active domestic violence situation, and the person who sought the PFA order was not actually at the residence.

Are Social Security benefits available to abuse victims?

Victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania, in additional to physical and emotional harm, may also face numerous financial hardships from being injured, missing work or having to leave their households. In some cases, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be available to these victims.

New tool in fight against domestic violence

In Pennsylvania, victims of domestic violence may be threatened with a weapon or subject to other physical abuse. A new law was approved in late October that addresses a common form of abuse against victims, helps close a legal loophole in prosecuting this abuse and provides additional enforcement tools to police.

Seeking protection from domestic violence

Pennsylvania's Protection from Abuse Act allows domestic violence victims to seek a court order to help protect themselves and their children from a spouse, other family member or an intimate partner, who is committing abuse. However, each county has different procedures for seeking these protection from abuse (PFA) orders.

What is stalking?

Stalking is known to endanger celebrities. More commonly, however, stalkers can also can cause domestic violence and frighten their former spouse or anyone that was involved in an intimate relationship with them. The victim's attempts to end a relationship with the offender often precipitates stalking.

The facts about domestic violence in Pennsylvania

Domestic violence victims in Pennsylvania do not have to suffer alone and without help. Resources and legal options are available to protect victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, one in four women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime. A total of 1.3 million women are estimated to be victims of intimate partner violence each year. The majority of victims of domestic violence are women with women accounting for 73 percent of domestic violence victims, however, men can be victims of domestic violence as well.