Protection From Abuse (PFA)
You need to feel safe and protect your children from harm. When you find yourself in an abusive relationship, the danger can come from within your own home. You need protection from abuse. At Berman & Associates, we can help you get immediate and lasting protection from someone who has physically or sexually abused you, stalked you, or threatened you with harm. We will act fast to make sure you and your children are safe and help you seek a PFA order.
Our domestic abuse lawyer is dedicated to shielding you from threats in your family, and in your home. We are ready and able to help you create a safety plan and file for a Protection from Abuse order, giving you the legal protections you need to shield yourself and your children from further harm. We are proud to help domestic violence survivors move on from abusive relationships.
Media, Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Lawyer
Berman & Associates has years of experience working with the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse statute. We advocate zealously on behalf of families and individuals caught in a web of threats and abuse. Our family law attorney helps domestic abuse survivors in Delaware and Philadelphia County leave their abusers through strategic use of protection from abuse orders, paired with the appropriate divorce, custody, and support actions to allow them to step into the next chapter of their lives.
If You are In Immediate Danger, Call 9-1-1 First, and Berman & Associates Second
Who Can Get Protection from Abuse in PA?
Pennsylvania’s protection from abuse law (PFA) allows victims of domestic violence to get an order shielding them from further harm. Adults (or the guardians of minor children) can ask for protection against:
- Biological relatives (parents, children, cousins, etc.)
- Relatives by marriage (spouses, in-laws, etc.)
- Biological parents of their children (co-parents)
- Current and past intimate partners (i.e. boyfriends, girlfriends, and partners)
You don’t have to have lived with your abuser to get help. At Berman & Associates, we will help you prove that you or your children are the victim of:
- Physical harm (actual or attempted)
- Rape or sexual assault
- Child abuse (physical or sexual)
- Fear of immediate and serious physical harm
- Stalking (following) or repeated fear of bodily injury
- Restraint (interfering with a person’s freedom of movement)
Together, the evidence of the domestic relationship and allegations of abuse will give a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge the authority he or she needs to grant you a Protection from Abuse order, shielding you and restricting your abuser’s actions.
At Berman & Associates, we understand how important it is to move quickly in obtaining a PFA order. In many cases, your petition can be granted on a temporary basis the same day it is filed. Then, we will stand beside you at the PFA hearing, usually held within 10 business days. We know it can be difficult to stand in a courtroom with your abuser and ask a judge for protection. We will be by your side, advocating for your rights and your safety every step of the way.
What Does a Protection from Abuse Order Do for Victims?
Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse orders can be customized based on your family’s needs and circumstances. We help our clients advocate for robust protective orders that take into account:
- Child custody and visitation issues
- Temporary support and health insurance
- Online and in-person forms of harassment
- Dangerous weapons and firearms in your abuser’s possession
- Your right to stay in your home and have the abuser removed
- Out-of-pocket costs including medical bills and moving expenses caused by the abuse
- Your need to keep your new address confidential
We can also work with our clients to make sure local police, school districts, and other agencies know about the PFA order, providing you more effective protection and support.
Berman & Associates: Hire a Media, PA PFA Lawyer Who Cares
We know that leaving an abusive relationship can be one of the most frightening and dangerous decisions you will make. We want to stand beside you to offer all the protection from abuse the Pennsylvania law provides. We will advocate on your behalf and help you consider its practical applications, so that you can protect yourself and your children. We welcome you to contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced PA PFA attorney, so that we can start working for you and your family.