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PCADV encourages all Pennsylvania law enforcement, prosecutors and victim services providers to contact our legal department for research and resources regarding domestic violence-related civil and criminal laws, enforcement, victim safety and policy/protocol development.
PCADV has assisted Pennsylvania justice system personnel with questions about:
- Inter-agency coordination of firearms surrender
- PFA Act enforcement and violations
- Inter-jurisdictional service of protection orders
- Stalking and stalking with technology prosecution
- Custody enforcement and Amber Alert
- Policy and protocol development
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.
STOP (Services. Training. Officers. Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Program.
The Legal Department's attorneys and advocates provide training and technical assistance to counties in Pennsylvania that receive STOP funding. The STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program encourages the development and improvement of effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women and the development and improvement of advocacy and services in cases involving violent crimes against women. STOP teams generally consist of members of law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel and victim services providers.
Click here for Upcoming Trainings and Webinars
Contact PCADV's Legal Department at 1-888-235-3425 or 717-671-4767 about customized training for your county, region or professional conference.
Recent training topics for Pennsylvania justice system audiences:
- 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
- Primary Aggressor Determination
- Probable Cause
- Full Faith and Credit For Protection Orders
Tools from PCADV
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
STOP Newsletter - Services. Training. Officers. Prosecutors.
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.
- March 2013
How Courts Can Reduce Gun Violence, PCAR's Campus Law Enforcement Trainings on Sexual Violence
1.77 Meg | 8/16/2013
Court Access: 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.
- September 2013
New Rules of Civil Procedure for Family Courts - Attachment A - Unrecorded PFA Orders Endanger Lives
4.69 Meg | 10/1/2013
- May 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
- April 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
The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act
The full text of the Act, 23 Pa.C.S. sections 6101 - 6123
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.
- PFA Act Annotated
624.51 K | 6/3/2013
Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Order Enforcement Project Manual
The Manual includes research based upon the realities of working with domestic violence victims in Pennsylvania counties. Each chapter represents an area of law that has a significant impact on victim safety and offender accountability. The Manual is designed to provide guidance to those seeking to create a seamless network of responses, resources and services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The Manual is not available electronically, but is available upon request. Please contact PCADV's Legal Department at 1-888-235-3425 or 717-671-4767 to request a copy.
The Jurist: A Newsletter for Pennsylvania Judges About Domestic Violence
Pennsylvania judges may subscribe to The Jurist newsletter. 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. Pennsylvania judges may subscribe by calling 888-235-3425.
- September 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
3.31 Meg | 10/1/2013
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The information provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only. The information provided under this topic is not legal advice, does not create an attorney-client relationship, and is not a substitute for contacting an experienced attorney. Read our full legal disclaimer.
- --STOP Newsletter Archive
- --Police Response to Violence Against Women
- --Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges, National Institute of Justice, June 2009.
- --The Prosecutor's Guide to Safety and Economic Security for Victims of Violence Against Women, Wider Opportunities for Women, November 2013.
- And Then He Choked Me: Understanding, Investigating, and Prosecuting Strangulation Cases
National District Attorneys Association, November 2008.
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- Injustice Defined: Why Battered Women Cannot and Should Not Be Charged with Violating Civil Protection Orders that Were Issued at Their Request
The Battered Women's Justice Project, October 2003
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- Probable Cause Arrests in Domestic Violence Cases
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- Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
- Pennsylvania Crime Victims
- Pennsylvania Crime Victims Rights - Office of the Victim Advocate
- Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
- Pennsylvania Sheriff's Association
- Protection From Abuse Database
- National Sheriff's Organization - Domestic Violence Training
- Office for Victims of Crime
- Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement