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The Legal Department's attorneys and trainers provide training and technical assistance to any attorney who is assisting a survivor of domestic violence. Topics can include the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act and procedures, PFA case law and updates, child custody, support, divorce, housing, appellate practice, safety and technology, state and federal firearms laws and cases, compliance with the Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and domestic violence resources.

Attorney training and technical assistance is funded by a grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Office on Violence Against Women Legal Assistance to Victims. Our services are confidential.

Attorneys may call with any question related to representation or assistance to a victim of domestic violence. For legal resources, training or assistance, contact PCADV's Legal Department at 1-888-235-3425 or 717-671-4767. (This is not a victim helpline.)


The Pennsylvania PFA Act Annotated contains the full text of the Act, 23 Pa.C.S. sections 6101 - 6123, and appellate case law annotations within the applicable sections. The PFA Annotated also describes cases relevant to the PFA Act's relationship with other proceedings: custody, divorce, and dependency. Cases are also indexed by relevant section.

The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act PCADV, 2010, contains the full text of the Act, 23 Pa.C.S. sections 6101 - 6123.

Protection Orders for Sexual Violence and Intimidation

Visit our PSVI webpage
Call for questions about PSV or PFI orders in the PFA database (PFAD) - 888-235-3425

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Addressing Discriminatory Housing Barriers For Victims of Domestic Violence: A Toolkit for Attorneys

This housing toolkit provides information, tips, and referrals for attorneys helping domestic violence survivors to:
  • Establish grounds to challenge an actual or threatened eviction
  • Obtain or prevent the loss of public housing or assistance
  • Institute a federal or state action for damages on behalf of a client

HOUSING - 2-Part Webinar Series - 2013

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Part 1: Addressing Discriminatory Evictions
Play Webinar Recording QuickTime .mov file (see Note) - 145 MB download
Slides Part 1
Eviction Flow-Chart

Part 2: Understanding and Asserting Federal Housing Protections
Play Webinar Recording QuickTime .mov file (see Note) - 1 GB download
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Note: In order to play, these webinars require your computer to have a Quicktime plugin. Quicktime is a free download from Apple

Courtroom Evidence: A Resource for the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases

Designed in consultation with prosecutors from across Pennsylvania to address important evidentiary issues that are regularly encountered by prosecutors who specialize in domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. 
• Relevance of Prior Abuse
• Witness Competency
• Spousal Privilege
• Hearsay
• Confrontation
• Child Witness Statements
• Social Media Evidence
• Experts
• Special Evidentiary Concerns in Stalking Cases


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The Jurist: e-News for Pennsylvania Judges

The Jurist is tailored to Pennsylvania's judges with latest case law and precidential decisions, research about domestic violence, national and local training opportunities, and helpful tools such as judicial bench cards and web resources. Published quarterly at no charge.
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STOP Technical Assistance Bulletins - News for Local STOP Teams

STOP Technical Assistance Bulletins contain information about the Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act, technology and safety advocacy, stalking, firearms, primary aggressor and related issues.PCADV provides training and technical assistance to STOP team members, including law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and victim services providers.
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Contact PCADV's Legal Department at 1-888-235-3425 or 717-671-4767 about customized training for your practice, law school or professional conference.

Recent training topics for Pennsylvania law audiences:

  • Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act and Case Law
  • Stalking and Technology - Evidence
  • State and Federal Firearms Prohibitions
  • Appellate Practice and Custody Appeals
  • Advocating for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

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