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.
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.
Many types of disputes, such as child custody and property division, may be resolved through Pennsylvania mediation. Domestic violence, however, is not susceptible to this type of resolution.
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.
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.