Protection From Abuse
What is abuse?
Under the Protection from Abuse Act of 1976, abuse is defined as any of the following:
1. Attempting to, or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, spousal sexual assault or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, with or without a deadly weapon.
2. Placing another in fear of serious bodily injury.
3. False imprisonment as defined under the crimes code, and/or
4. Physically or sexually abusing minor children
Who can file for Protection from Abuse?
You can file for a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order if the person who has or is trying to harm is:
- Your spouse or ex-spouse
- Your current or former sexual / intimate partner
- Your parent or child
- Certain other blood relatives
Where can I file for a Protection from Abuse order?
Legal papers can be filed with the Court of Common Pleas at the Erie County Judicial Center, which is located at 140 W 6th St, Erie, PA 16501. A lawyer is not required to file papers.
Where can I call with questions?
The phone number for the Protection from Abuse office in Erie County is: 814-451-6324
Is the application available online?
Yes, please visit this site: PFA Application to complete the application.
Domestic Violence Services in Erie County
These services are available in every county of Pennsylvania. They have legal advocates who will accompany the abused throughout this process, and also provide additional services for the abused.
The Office of Protection From Abuse – Erie County Courthouse – 814-451-6324
PA ACCESS – 1-800-262-8444
SafeNet Erie – Hotline: (814) 454-8161, Phone: (814) 455-1774, www.safeneterie.org