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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

Conference: Developing Trauma-Informed Systems
Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Thursday April 17 201

Host: The Women’s Resource Center and Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, a project of the WRC Announces Conference 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
At Marywood University, Scranton PA

Audience: Counselors, Educators, Lawyers, Social Workers, Legal Professionals

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Survivors of trauma and childhood adversity have social service, health, mental
health, and criminal and civil justice issues that bring them into all of our human service delivery systems. But these systems are not well-prepared to address the
implications of this new scientifically-grounded knowledge about the impact
of trauma and adversity.

This seminar will bring together Dr. Sandra Bloom, a psychiatrist with expertise in the development of trauma-informed systems; Carol Tracy, Esq., Executive
Director of the Women’s Law Project; and Robert Reed, Esq., Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney to, describe what it means to have a trauma-informed system.

CLE’s and CEU’s available to Judges, lawyers, law enforcement, educators, social workers, advocates and counselors.

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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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 pdfMay 2013

    Safety in the Courtroom, for Court Personnel, for Litigants, Jurors, Witnesses and the Public - Best Practices for Court Safety - Safety Outside the Courthouse - Unified Judicial System Safety Recommendations for PFA Hearings - Can a Defendant Violate a No Contact Order By Speaking With the Plaintiff at the Courthouse?

    7.35 Meg | 10/1/2013
  • Download pdfApril 2013

    In Camera Review Ruled Unconstitutional - Altering Temporary Protection From Abuse Procedure to Meet Due Process: Ferko-Fox v. Fox Ruling and Implementation

    2.74 Meg | 4/26/2013
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For Judges About Domestic Violence

Through a free email subscription, the courts have access to case law updates, articles about domestic violence, national and local training opportunities and helpful tools such as judicial bench cards and web resources. See previous issues

  • 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 | 4/7/2014
  • 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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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

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