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A PFA order prevents the abuser from contacting the victim and requires the abuser to stay away from the victim’s home, school, and/or place of employment.
Pennsylvania’s Protection From Abuse Act (PFA) sets forth a state-wide legal scheme (or plan) to protect family members and current or former partners from domestic violence, which is not just limited to physical abuse under the act.
To learn about protections available to victims of domestic violence, please see our section on domestic violence & divorce.
For information on the criminal penalties of domestic violence, see on our partner site.
If you are over 18, you can file legal paperwork called “Request for Protection from Abuse,” which, if granted, will protect you, your children and your family members from the abuser.
If the victim is a minor, then a parent, adult household member, or guardian (child’s representative in court proceedings) can file a “Request for Protection from Abuse” on the child’s behalf.
Below is a list of possible abusers that would qualify as a household member under the PFA: If the abuser does not qualify as a household member (such as a coworker or acquaintance), the PFA will not apply, but the victim can seek protection under other laws, depending on the type of abuse or violence, including possibly laws preventing stalking.
For more information on what to do if stalked, click here.