Domestic violence can impact individuals from a number of different backgrounds and can have a significant effect on families. Restraining orders can offer protection in abuse situations and are a common method of protection when abuse in present in a relationship or family. In Pennsylvania, a restraining order is referred to as a protection from abuse order. A protection from abuse order orders an abusive party not to have contact with the victim of abuse.
The specifics of what a restraining order may include is determined by the court but in general, a restraining order may include an order prohibiting the abusive party from harassing, stalking or abusing the victim of abuse or the victim's children or relatives. It may also require the abusive party to stay away from the abuse victim and their children and prohibit them from the family home.
A restraining order can also require the abusive party to pay expenses incurred as a result of the abuse such as medical bills, new housing and other expenses and fees associated with the abuse. Lastly, it may also require the abusive party to turn over any weapons in their possession to local police. Domestic violence can come in different forms so it is important to seek protections when family violence occurs.
Due to the sometimes volatile nature of the circumstances surrounding a request for a restraining order, it can be helpful to have trained guidance to help during a difficult time. Likewise, when a restraining order has been filed against a party they may also feel that they are in need of guidance as well. Family violence is a serious issue that can impact families and communities so it is important for families to be familiar with the legal protections available to them during a difficult time.