Technical Assistance 1-888-235-3425 or 717-671-4767
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.
Addressing Discriminatory Housing Barriers For Victims of Domestic Violence: A Toolkit for AttorneysThis 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
- View the Toolkit2.63 Meg | 11/20/2015
HOUSING - 2-Part Webinar Series - 2013
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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
• Child Witness Statements
• Social Media Evidence
• Special Evidentiary Concerns in Stalking Cases
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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.
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.
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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The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act: A Guide for Victims of Domestic Violence
Basic information and list of hotlines by county. Suitable for DV Programs, physicians and other helping professionals to make available to employees and clients. Formatted for desktop printing. Full color. Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information. PFA brochure available as free download.
- Download this Brochure230.72 K | 2/7/2017
Information for Completing the PFA Petition
Applying for a PFA Order can be a confusing and even scary process. This paper is meant to provide a victim of domestic violence who is asking the court for protection with guidance about how to complete a PFA petition.
- Download this Brochure133.01 K | 8/16/2013
Things to Know if You Want to Move With Your Children
Basic information about Pennsylvania’s child custody law for survivors who may be thinking about moving with children, whether it's across the street, down the block, to another county or state. Note: Getting advice from an attorney is necessary when thinking about moving so survivors can understand how the law will affect their plans.
- Download printable version
Printable version406.28 K | 3/12/2014
Bilingual Court Forms
Bilingual Protection From Abuse documents translated into the eleven most commonly encountered languages in the Pennsylvania court system
Bilingual Criminal Protective Order documents are translated into five languages for Pennsylvania courts: Chinese, Khmer, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese
Judicial Benchcard for Court Interpretation in Protection Order Hearings informs the court about what to expect from an interpreter and how the court can assist communication in interpreter proceedings