Even with the amount of media attention that domestic violence has gained over the years, domestic violence is still a regular occurrence in society. We have to remain vigilant in our quest to stop these actions completely. A Protection From Abuse order (PAF) can be your first line of defense against a person that you have had some type of relationship with. Have you, your children, or another loved one been involved in a relationship that has caused repeated intentional suffering? Have you, or your child suffered from...
• Physical injuries
• Sexual assault
• Wrongful imprisonment
• Having threats made, or other behaviors, that genuinely put you in fear of bodily harm or injury
In Pennsylvania, these are all considered forms of domestic violence, and no one should have to endure any of these hardships. It is not acceptable for an individual to act in this way and you do not have to put up with it. A PAF can have the violent offender evicted from the home for up to 3 years. If you are still living in fear at this point, a new order may be able to be put into place. Know your rights and protect yourself and your children against acts of domestic violence.
Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late
If you are in living in constant fear and being repeatedly abused, contact your local police department for help. This is your first step in ensuring the safety of all parties involved, including the abuser. The paper trail can also be evidence used to justify your order for protection. Often, abusers become more violent as time goes on, do not let yourself be a victim any longer. Start fighting back in a legal way that will help resolve the problem in the most peaceful way possible. You have been through enough violence already and there is no need to add to it. Put the legal system to work for you to protect the ones that you love, yourself included.