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Understanding temporary restraining orders

There are many legal protections available for survivors of domestic abuse. One of these means of protection is the act of taking out an emergency protection order. This means that the abuser will be arrested immediately if he or she breaks the terms of the order. Therefore, it provides a very strong deterrent and protects the victim.

8 examples of domestic violence and abuse

One reason that people tend not to report domestic violence is simply that they aren't even sure that it really is what's happening. Even cases that feel obvious grow complicated when you're in a relationship with that person. Did he or she mean to hurt you or was it accidental? What other signs should you look for?

Child custody in domestic violence situations


Most Philadelphia couples aren't usually afraid for the safety of the children while working on a child custody arrangement. They may not particularly like the other parent, but they recognize he or she is generally a good parent who is trying to do what is best for the kids.

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.

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