When child custody arrangements are made in Pennsylvania custody courts, the best interests of the child are always taken into account. Therefore, the judge will do what he or she can to ensure that the child in question will not be subject to violence or have to witness violence in the home while staying with either parent.
A program put in place to identify individuals at risk of domestic violence -- and stop a situation from escalating -- has now been expanded into 45 counties in Pennsylvania.
In a situation where you, and perhaps also your children, have been suffering from abuse at the hands of a person close to you, such as your former partner or your parent, there are protections in place to enable you to live your life in safety.
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.
Domestic violence is a reality for many people. They deal with it so often that it seems like a normal way of life. It's important for individuals struggling with violence to know there is help for them and that it can be stopped.
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?
In Pennsylvania, House Bill 175 was recently introduced. The goal of the bill is to cut back on the total number of homicides in the state that are related to domestic violence.
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.
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.
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.