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Judges and court personnel are invited to call with questions regarding:

the PFA Act, procedure, forms, enforcement, state and federal firearms law, child custody and domestic violence, domestic violence information and statistics, domestic violence fatalities, court interpreters, compliance with the Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other domestic violence statutes and case law.

Recent questions include

  • Custody modification in PFA orders
  • Violation of no-contact PFAs through social network web sites
  • VAWA prohibitions against posting PFA records on government web sites
  • ICC when defendant does not relinquish firearms as ordered
  • Filing of out-of-state protection orders
Training and technical assistance is funded by a grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, using funds originating from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


Contact us about customized training for your county, region or professional conference. Recent training topics:

  • Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act and Case Law
  • Stalking and Technology
  • State and Federal Firearms Prohibitions
  • Responding to Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Abuse and Stalking in Schools and Through the Justice System
  • Strangulation Prosecution and Evidence
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)
  • Working with Victims, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

Tools from PCADV

Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Benchbook

Written under the direction of a group of judicial leaders from across Pennsylvania, the Benchbook addresses evidence, pro se litigants, emerging practices in addressing domestic violence, criminal court concerns, teen dating violence and a variety of civil court issues including PFA and custody cases. The Benchbook is intended to provide substantive legal information and tools for trial court judges, and to be a concise and thorough compilation of statutory and case law related to domestic violence. Revisions as well as new chapters are written to keep the Benchbook current with Pennsylvania and federal laws. The Benchbook is not available electronically, but is provided to Pennsylvania trial and appellate court judges upon request. Contact

The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act Annotated

The 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, dependency. Cases are also indexed by relevant section.

The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act

The full text of the Act, 23 Pa.C.S. sections 6101 - 6123


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Domestic Violence Newsletter for Court Personnel

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. See previous issues

  • Download pdfJuly 2014

    Children's Resilience & Domestic Violence - Sexual Abuse & PFA Orders: Boykai v. Young - Sexual Violence Protection Orders Effective 7/1/2015

    402.46 K | 7/17/2014
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About Domestic Violence for Judges

The Jurist - Quarterly e-news for Pennsylvania judges

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    Force not required to establish sexual abuse under PFA Act: Boykai v. Young - PFA Extensions Clarified - Withdrawal, Modification, Discontinuance of PFA Orders

    3.3 Meg | 7/17/2014
  • Download pdfSeptember 2013

    New Rules of Civil Procedure for Family Courts - Sample Pro Se Entry of Appearance Form - Sample Petition to Modify - Unrecorded PFA Orders Endanger Lives - Attachment A

    3.87 Meg | 6/3/2014
  • Download pdfApril 2013

    In Camera Review of Temp PFA Ruled Unconstitutional - Ferko-Fox v. Fox, 2013 PA Super 88 (April 17, 2013). - Map of TPFA procedures by county

    2.7 Meg | 4/26/2013
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Services. Training. Officers. Prosecutors. Subscribe

The STOP Program encourages the development and improvement of effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women and children. PCADV is awarded grants to provide training and technical assistance to STOP team members, including law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and victim services providers. The STOP Newsletter contains articles about the Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act, technology and safety advocacy, stalking, firearms, primary aggressor and related issues. It is distributed free to email subscribers on a quarterly basis. See previous issues

June 2013: Appellate Case Changes PFA Process, Resource for the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases, Admitting Expert Testimony on Victim Behavior in Sexual Assault Cases

STOP Technical Assistance Bulletins

  • Download pdfComplying with VAWA Requirements for Funding STOP Programs

    Pennsylvania receives more than 4.5 million dollars yearly in federal funding under the STOP Formula Grant. STOP funds are used to develop and strengthen collaborative efforts by courts, law enforcement, prosecutors, and service providers to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in their communities. To be eligible to receive this funding, Pennsylvania and all its jurisdictions must certify compliance with four statutory requirements. PCADV, 2014

    261.65 K | 7/18/2014
  • Download pdfEffective STOP Team Management

    This technical assistance bulletin is intended to assist teams in achieving the goals and fulfilling the purpose of the STOP project by offering best practice information for forming effective teams, identifying projects and priorities, conducting effective meetings, and evaluating progress. This bulletin provides essential guidance for effective grant management to help programs ensure the continuation of funding for the project in the future. PCADV, 2014

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  • Download pdfImmigration Relief for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Immigrant victims, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to protection, services, and legal relief. Understanding the unique dynamics of domestic violence in immigrant communities, as well as protections, services, and relief available, can help STOP Teams craft policies and procedures to better reach underserved populations. Economic dependence, limited work skills or authorization, limited English proficiency (LEP), fear of deportation, and cultural or religious factors often intensify an immigrant victim’s dependence on the abuser and deter the victim from seeking help from the justice system. PCADV, 2014

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  • Download pdfTeen Dating Abuse

    Without an adequate response, dating abuse may start early and carry through into adult relationships. In addition, the severity of abuse between intimate partners has been shown to increase if the pattern was established in adolescence. Court-based intervention for juvenile abuse perpetrators was especially effective for first-time offenders whose behavior had not yet become entrenched. PCADV, 2011

    183.06 K | 7/18/2014
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