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Court personnel may be the "first responders" to domestic violence victims in the court system. Court Access keeps key workers in PFA offices, court administration, judicial support, and domestic relations offices informed about working effectively with domestic violence victims and PFA litigants. Court Access is distributed to email subscribers twice yearly at no charge.

Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts

The public access policy governs access to case records by the public. The policy outlines what information is and is not available to the public.

Male Survivors of Domestic Violence

Male Domestic Violence Survivors Exist - What Male Victimization Looks Like - Responding to Male Victims

Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Intersections: Sex Trafficking & Domestic Violence - Ask PCADV: What protection orders are available for a victim of human trafficking? - Get resources, watch the recorded webinar

New Strangulation Law in Domestic Violence Cases

Attempted Strangulation Signals a Strong Likelihood of Perpetrator's Lethality - Ask PCADV: How do I transfer a PFA from one county to another and put it in PFAD?

Trauma and the Courts

Understanding Trauma - Stress v. Trauma - Triggers - Indicators in Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence - Indicators in Children Experiencing Domestic Violence - Trauma-Informed Approach in the Courthouse - Trauma-Informed Care: What to Do and Not Do

Accurate Datasheets Allow Prompt Enforcement of Protection Orders

From Order to Enforcement in 32 Hours - Verify that your datasheet has been accepted - Best Practice: Check Daily for Rejected Datasheets
- Ask PCADV: Questions from Court Personnel

Ensuring Basic Fairness to People with Limited English Proficiency

Local Language Access Coordinators - Working With a Protection Order Litigant with LEP - Translated Forms and Telephonic Interpretation

PFA Record Expungement and Due Process

Expungement of Indirect Criminal Contempt Convictions - 2015 Expunged Orders By County Chart - NewPFAD Hints and Implementation of Phase I - PSVI Orders, Rules of Civil Procedure and PFAD

Protection From Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act

PSVI Act vs. PFA Act - PFI Orders for Minors - PFAD Upgrade Coming Soon

PFA Records and Confidentiality

State & Federal Law Limits Public Access to Protect Victims - Filing Paper PFAs Without PFAD - Victim Intimidation Webinar Recording

Children's Resilience & Domestic Violence

Sexual Abuse & PFA Orders: Boykai v. Young - Sexual Violence Protection Orders Effective 7/1/2015

Domestic Violence in Later LIfe

Courts Address Elder Abuse - Elder Abuse Webinar Link - Elder Abuse Resources

New Rules for Family Courts

Rules of Civil Procedure 1930.8: Self-Represented Party & 1901.8: Withdrawal,
Modification, or Discontinuance (PFA Orders) - Attachment A - Unrecorded PFA Orders - PFAD Improvements

Safety In and Beyond the Courtroom

Can Defendant Violate a PFA in the Courthouse - Unified Judicial System Safety Recommendations for PFA Hearings

In Camera Review Ruled Unconstitutional

Altering Temporary Protection From Abuse Procedure to Meet Due Process: Ferko-Fox v. Fox Ruling and Implementation

Earlier Issues

  • Download pdfDecember 2012

    Who Can Be a Protected Party in a PFA Order? - PFA Forms Break Down Language Barriers - Expungement of Records - Commonly Asked Questions About Firearms and Protection From Abuse

    3.23 Meg | 8/22/2014
  • Download pdfJuly 2012

    Applying Full Faith and Credit to Pennsylvania PFA Orders - PFA Violations by Minors - PFA: Consanguinity and Affinity

    4.74 Meg | 8/22/2014
  • Download pdfMarch 2010

    Due Process Requirements of the PFA Act - Teen Dating Relationships and the PFA Act - Dealing With Compassion Fatigue

    156.81 K | 8/22/2014

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