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Programs that provide assistance for people who need to obtain legal protection to prevent harassment, stalking or violence in situations involving child abuse, domestic abuse, elder abuse, abduction, sexual assault, stalking or other forms of harassment or the threat of workplace violence. Depending on the situation, a person may have more than one type of order. Restraining and personal protection order laws vary from one jurisdiction to another but all establish who can file for an order, what protection or relief a person can get from such an order and how the order will be enforced. The court will order the adverse party to refrain from certain actions and/or require compliance with certain provisions. Failure to comply is a violation of the order which can result in the arrest and prosecution of the offender. Violations in some jurisdictions may also constitute criminal or civil contempt of court.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
Alice Paul House Crisis Hotline for Victim of Domestic ViolenceCrisis hotline for victims domestic violenceIndianaCrisis Hotline for Victim of Domestic ViolenceAlice Paul House
Alice Paul House Crisis Hotline for Victims of Sexual AssaultProvides a crisis hotline for victims of sexual assault.IndianaCrisis Hotline for Victims of Sexual AssaultAlice Paul House
Centre Safe Counseling and Advocacy - Protection From Abuse ServicesAssistance with the Writing and Filing of Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders. Accompaniment and Legal Advocacy to Victims During Criminal and Civil Court Hearings, Including: Preliminary Hearings, Trials, Indirect Criminal Contempt Hearings, and Protection From Abuse Order Hearings. Outreach to Survivors Who Have Had Contact With Law Enforcement and to Plaintiffs of PFA Orders Issued in Centre County to Identify Additional Follow-up Needs. Assists Victims with Preparation and Support During the Investigative Process and Prosecution of DefendantsCentreCentre Safe Counseling and AdvocacyCentre Safe
County of Berks - Protection from Abuse- PFADomestic violence protection requests/petitions. Protection order coordination. Emergency PFAs can be obtained from Reading Central Court on 1st Floor of courthouse after 7:00pm and on weekends.BerksServices CenterCounty of Berks
Crisis Center North24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline, legal and medical advocacy, individual and group counseling, case management, adolescent and child counseling, and information and referral. Community education/prevention program.AlleghenyCrisis Center NorthCrisis Center North
Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County - Legal ServicesProvides legal options counseling, advocacy, and support in filing for temporary Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders and provides free legal representation for clients at final PFA hearings. Other specialized services include assistance with U-petitions and Crime Victim Compensation and free mobile legal clinics.DelawareDomestic Abuse Project of Delaware County - Delaware; MediaDomestic Abuse Project of Delaware County
Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, IncProvides safety, bed/bath, cooking facilities, food, counseling (residential and non-residential), group counseling, children's counseling, legal advocacy (works with those victims seeking a Protection From Abuse order), links to supportive services, information/referral, crisis intervention, and public education.LebanonDomestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, IncDomestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, Inc
Domestic Violence Legal ClinicHelps victims of domestic violence evaluate legal options available to them related to their violent relationship. Through options counseling, advocates discuss a client's legal options and make appropriate referrals to additional service providers. If the client decides to pursue a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA), the advocate will assist the client in filing a petition, setting the hearing date, acquiring the judge's signature on a temporary order. In addition, advocates often accompany clients to other court proceedings and appointments and act as the link between the client and the criminal justice system. One advocate currently works out of a satellite location at the courthouse and the others have offices at this location. The staff attorneys provide legal information and limited legal representation to victims of domestic violence in the area of civil law where assistance is required. Emergency and particularly contentious cases that deal with custody, support and divorce are given priority due to the overwhelming demand for these services.LancasterDomestic Violence Legal ClinicCommunity Action Partnership of Lancaster County
Family Court - Lackawanna CountyIn addition to handling the processing of all Protection From Abuse applications and cases, the Family Courts are responsible for all Juvenile Delinquency cases, Children and Youth cases and Orphans Court cases. The types of cases heard by the Family Court Judges involve custody, dependency, juvenile delinquency, foster care, adoptions, visitation, appointment of guardians, truancy, and estate and accounting matters. LackawannaFamily Court - Lackawanna CountyLackawanna County Court System
HAVIN, Inc. ( Helping All Victims in Need )Provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include shelter, crisis hotline, advocacy and accompaniment, transportation to shelter, education, and outreach. All services are free and confidential.ArmstrongHAVIN, Inc.Helping All Victims In Need (HAVIN, Inc)
Helping All Victims In Need Legal and Medical Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual AssaultProvides legal and medical advocacy assistance with protection from abuse orders for victims of domestic and sexual assault.ArmstrongLegal and Medical Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual AssaultHelping All Victims In Need (HAVIN, Inc)
Lancaster County Bail Administration OfficeServices include: - Bail investigations, recommendations, and supervised pre-trial release - Protection from Abuse Program, which enables victims of domestic violence to file a petition for a protection order without an attorney - Free legal counsel eligibility screening, assignment, and referral administered by District Court Administration Office, Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas - Assignments for criminal support, children and youth representation onlyLancasterLancaster County District Court AdministrationCounty of Lancaster
Laurel Legal Services - Cambria CountyProvides free civil legal representation to low-income clients. Cases handled include family, consumer and housing law and public benefits within program priorities. LLS assists survivors of domestic violence in Protection From Abuse actions without regard to income.CambriaLaurel Legal ServicesLaurel Legal Services
Laurel Legal Services - Clarion CountyProvides free civil legal representation to low-income clients. Cases handled include family, consumer and housing law and public benefits within program priorities. LLS assists survivors of domestic violence in Protection From Abuse actions without regard to income.ClarionLaurel Legal ServicesLaurel Legal Services
Laurel Legal Services - Westmoreland CountyProvides free civil legal representation to low-income clients. Cases handled include family, consumer and housing law and public benefits within program priorities. LLS assists survivors of domestic violence in Protection From Abuse actions without regard to income.WestmorelandLaurel Legal ServicesLaurel Legal Services
Legal Advocacy - Women In NeedProvides advocacy and accompaniment through the criminal and civil court system. In criminal court, WIN Legal Advocates assist victims as they go through different court proceedings, explaining court procedures and informing them about the progress of their case. The Legal Advocates can also assist victims through the criminal process by accompanying them to the Police Department and/or District Attorney's Office. In addition to criminal court accompaniment, Legal Advocates are also available to assist victims of abuse in completing a Protection from Abuse Order, or PFA. The advocates work through the PFA questionnaire with the victims, assist them in scheduling an appointment with the attorney to complete the PFA paperwork, and advocate for them through the civil proceeding in PFA court.FranklinWomen In Need - ChambersburgWomen In Need - Chambersburg
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Protection from Abuse (Bristol)Offers free legal help for victims of domestic violence seeking protection from abuse orders.BucksLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania- BristolLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)
Lehigh County Government CenterCounty government consisting of the County Council, which is the governing legislative body and the County Executive who oversees county operations, including administration/human resources, economic development, corrections, court services, fiscal affairs, human services, public works, and the offices of the Coroner, Public Defender, Sheriff, and Solicitor. Information on county services is available by telephone or internet. 610-782-3000 Information and Referral 610-782-3001 County Executive 610-782-4600 Emergency Management 610-782-3014 Court Administration 610-782-3270 Prison 610-782-3390 Protection From Abuse Order Office 610-782-3175 Sheriff 610-782-3565 Community Development/Housing Rehabilitation LehighLehigh County Government CenterLehigh County Government Center
Luzerne County Sheriff Office (Hazleton Office)Duties of the Sheriff * To enforce all orders of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas * To serve bench warrants, civil writs and protection from abuse orders * To conduct levies, sales of personal property and real estate * To provide security and protection for court related functions and all county facilities * To transport prisoners to and from county, state, and federal institutions for court appearances * To arrest violators of the law and fugitives * To assist other law-enforcement agencies in the county * To assist in special law-enforcement efforts such as Central Booking, DUI roving and saturations patrols, and community events * To issue Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms and Licenses to Sell FirearmsLuzerneSheriff's Office-Luzerne CountyLuzerne County Court System
Luzerne County Sheriff Office (Wilkes-Barre Office)Duties of the Sheriff * To enforce all orders of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas * To serve bench warrants, civil writs and protection from abuse orders * To conduct levies, sales of personal property and real estate * To provide security and protection for court related functions and all county facilities * To transport prisoners to and from county, state, and federal institutions for court appearances * To arrest violators of the law and fugitives * To assist other law-enforcement agencies in the county * To assist in special law-enforcement efforts such as Central Booking, DUI roving and saturations patrols, and community events * To issue Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms and Licenses to Sell FirearmsLuzerneSheriff's Office-Luzerne CountyLuzerne County Court System
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - AlleghenyProvides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. Provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse (PFA) proceedings. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service, limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, they can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities.AlleghenyNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - BeaverProvides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. Provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse (PFA) proceedings. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service, limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, they can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities.BeaverNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - ButlerProvides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. Provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse (PFA) proceedings. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service, limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, they can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities.ButlerNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - LawrenceProvides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. Provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse (PFA) proceedings. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service, limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, they can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities.LawrenceNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Northampton County Government CenterCounty government consisting of the County Council, which is the governing legislative body and the County Executive who oversees county operations, including administration/human resources, economic development, corrections, court services, fiscal affairs, human services, public works, and the offices of the Coroner, Public Defender, Sheriff, and Solicitor. 610-559-3000 Information and Referral 610-559-3191 County Executive 610-746-3194 Emergency Management 610-559-6700 Court Administration 610-923-4303 Prison 610 559-3061 Protection From Abuse Office 610-691-5620 Housing Rehabilitation ProgramNorthamptonNorthampton County Government CenterNorthampton County Government Center
North Penn Legal Services - Lehigh ValleyLegal advocates for low-income individuals and families helps people establish eligibility for public benefits, protect themselves from domestic violence, gain access to healthcare and avoid loss of housing due to uninhabitability, eviction or foreclosure. Can also provide self-help materials, trainings and community workshops on a range of legal issues. NorthamptonNorth Penn Legal Services - Lehigh ValleyNorth Penn Legal Services - Lehigh Valley
Northwestern Legal Services - Bradford OfficeProvides free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Free legal aid may be provided in cases involving public benefits, housing, family law, employment, education, and consumer law.McKeanNorthwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services
Northwestern Legal Services - Crawford OfficeProvides free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Free legal aid may be provided in cases involving - Public Benefits, Housing, Family Law, Employment & Education, and Consumer Law.CrawfordNorthwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services
Northwestern Legal Services - Erie Office / Central IntakeProvides free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Free legal aid may be provided in cases involving - Public Benefits, Housing, Family Law, Employment & Education, and Consumer Law.ErieNorthwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services
Northwestern Legal Services - Mercer CountyProvides free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Free legal aid may be provided in cases involving - Public Benefits, Housing, Family Law, Employment & Education, and Consumer Law.MercerNorthwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services
Northwestern Legal Services - Venango CountyProvides free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Free legal aid may be provided in cases involving Public Benefits, Housing, Family Law, Employment & Education, and Consumer Law.VenangoNorthwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services
Northwestern Legal Services - Warren OfficeProvides free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Free legal aid may be provided in cases involving - Public Benefits, Housing, Family Law, Employment & Education, and Consumer Law.WarrenNorthwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services
PFA Office of Luzerne CountyA PFA order is a civil court petition designed to place restrictions on an abuser, such as a prohibition of any contact, and penalize them for violations with fines, probation or jail time. A person can file a "no hit" PFA, which would levy penalties if the abuser harasses, threatens, or touches them, or a full "no contact" PFA that restricts any contact whatsoever.LuzernePFA Office of Luzerne County CourtsLuzerne County Court System
Philadelphia Legal Assistance - Protection from AbuseProtection from Abuse services represent victims of Domestic Violence in Protection from Abuse cases.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Legal Assistance - Philadelphia; ChinatownPhiladelphia Legal Assistance
Protection From Abuse Office, York CountyProcesses petitions and schedules necessary hearings for PFA's. Clients must go in person for an interview. If approved, an up to 10 day, temporary PFA order is granted and is attempted to be served the same day.YorkYork County Protection From Abuse OfficeCourts and Criminal Justice, York County Government
Prothonotary, York CountyAll civil litigation is filed with the Prothonotary. A few examples include the following: •family court matters such as divorce, child custody and protection from abuse cases. •unpaid debt complaints •malpractice actions •mortgage foreclosures •personal injury cases •equity actions •replevin •district justice civil judgment appeals •license suspension appeals •administrative agency appeals •actions in ejectment •condemnation proceedings •Liens against real estate and personal property are also part of the records. •The office also serves as the passport acceptance agent. Records date back to 1759.YorkYork County Row OfficersCounty Administration, York County Government
Safe Berks - Safe House, Counseling, Legal & Medical Advocacy- Provides individual counseling for adult/child victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and sexual assault as well as for significant others of victims. - Emergency shelter - Specially trained staff members will go with victims to local hospitals or the courthouse - Individual counseling and group support - Support and advice for individuals applying for protection from abuse orders (PFA) - Representation by an attorney at final PFA hearings in court - Provides a range of support and advocacy services for victims of sexual assault - Collects used cell phones, including smart phones, and iPads and iPods which can be dropped off during business hours - Education programs for schools - System trainings BerksSafe BerksSafe Berks
Safe Home, YWCA Hanover•24 hour Confidential Hotline (717)632-0007 •Referrals made for Temporary or Emergency Safe Shelter
Please, note: Safe Home is not a shelter in itself. •Legal Advocacy, including assistance with filing a Protection From Abuse Order •Coordination with other social service agencies that may provide assistance with health, finances, housing, drug/alcohol treatment, support groups, children's services, employment/training, food, furniture, clothing, and more •Referral and Support •Child Therapy •W.E.A.V.E. (Women's Empowerment Against Violent Environments), an Adult Support Group with Free Child Care during group •Community Education for all groups, includes Educational Speakers and/or age-appropriate Outreach Materials •Volunteer Opportunities (717)637-2125 x 241 •Accompaniment and/or Transportation to Appointments/Hearings, including civil and criminal hearings •Options Counseling and Crisis Response •Free childcare if it is needed during a court hearing or legal appointment •Needed items, including dead bolts, peep holes, and emergency cell phones •Servicios en español
YorkYWCA HanoverYWCA Hanover
Schuylkill County CourthouseCounty government consisting of the County Council, which is the governing legislative body and the County Executive who oversees county operations, including administration/human resources, economic development, corrections, court services, fiscal affairs, human services, public works, and the offices of the Coroner, Public Defender, Sheriff, and Solicitor. The public can use the links on the web page to view the list of departments, elected officials, public meeting dates, townships, cities, and boroughs, certificates/forms available , civil court matters, parcel locator.SchuylkillSchuylkill County CourthouseSchuylkill County Courthouse
The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County24 hour hotline, temporary emergency shelter for individuals fleeing abuse, transitional housing apartments with residency for up to two years, Protection From Abuse (PFA) screenings and accompaniment, individual and group counseling and workshops for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, 24-hour medical and legal advocacy and accompaniment. System and individual advocacy, assistance to victims of juvenile offenders, assistance to victims of other serious crimes with emphasis on the elderly. Community education including a speakers bureau for groups, churches, civic organizations and others, prevention education in all nine county schools, training for professionals.LawrenceThe Crisis Shelter of Lawrence CountyThe Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County
Turning Point of Lehigh ValleyDomestic Violence Agency/Support Services Provides counseling, support groups, court advocacy and safe housing when fleeing abuse to victims of domestic violence. The hotline is available 24 hours a day to callers and is the first step for accessing all services. Court advocates provide orientation to the criminal justice system, explain the process of obtaining a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, and provide court accompaniment to victims during PFA hearings and at criminal or contempt proceedings. Provides training programs on domestic violence for businesses, police officers, clergy, health care providers and other social service agency staff as well as prevention programs to youth. LehighTurning Point of Lehigh ValleyTurning Point of Lehigh Valley
Victim Outreach Intervention Center ( VOICe )Provides free, confidential services to individuals and families who are survivors of crime. Services include emergency domestic violence shelter, crisis services, transitional and supportive housing, medical and legal advocacy, civil legal representation, counseling for adults and children, and prevention education.ButlerVictim Outreach Intervention Ctr. (VOICe)Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe)
Wise Options - YWCA Northcentral PAA 24/7 safe haven for women, men and children dealing with domestic violence/abuse and sexual assault. Offers emergency shelter and transportation for women and their children, and a separate emergency shelter for men and their children. Trained staff and volunteers provide immediate support and information to help clients with crisis and offer follow-up assistance to cope with ongoing related issues. Also offers hospital and court accompaniment Wise Options and is the contact for filing Protection From Abuse orders (PFA)s. Individual and group counseling are provided for adults and children, as well as domestic violence support groups and community education.LycomingYWCA - Northcentral PennsylvaniaYWCA
Women Against Abuse - Legal CenterThe Women Against Abuse Legal Center offers free legal advocacy and representation for both males and females dealing with relationship violence-related legal matters, including: Protection From Abuse (PFA), Child Custody and Child Support, Sexual Violence Orders, Legal Options Counseling, Safety Planning and Court Accompaniment.PhiladelphiaWomen Against Abuse, Inc. - Philadelphia; Center CityWomen Against Abuse
Women's Center of Beaver County - Medical and Legal AdvocacyProvide 24 hour helpline, counseling, emergency shelter, court and hospital accompaniment, support groups, adult, professionals and children’s educational programs, children’s counseling and therapy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. No cost services.BeaverWomen's Center of Beaver CountyWomen's Center of Beaver County
Your Safe Haven Inc. Protective/Restraining OrdersProvides assistance to people who need to obtain legal protection to prevent harassment, stalking or violenceBedfordYour Safe HavenYour Safe Haven Inc.

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