Pennsylvania Laws

Pennsylvania, like many other states, does not have a specific crime of domestic violence. Oftentimes abusers are charged with harassment, strangulation, assault or stalking.

PCADV actively advocates for legislation that improves access to safety and services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and against any legislation that creates additional barriers.

In Pennsylvania, domestic violence is not considered a separate charge from a crime like assault, aggravated assault, or battery.

View Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence