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Fayette County: 724-437-2530


Professionals working within the criminal justice system are integral in identifying and preventing violence in the home by providing information and referrals.

Leaving an abusive situation does not necessarily stop the abuse.  It often escalates the situation…sometimes to the point of lethality.

What is a PFA?

A Protection from Abuse (PFA) order is a civil document to protect a domestic violence victim from future abuse.

Two of the most misunderstood aspects of PFAs are:

Who can file for a PFA? and What qualifies for a PFA?

The Legal Advocates of DVSSP along with the Education & Training Department can help bring clarity about our roles and responsibilities as it pertains to PFAs and the criminal justice system on topics like:

  • What happens when someone comes to file a PFA?
  • Who and what qualifies?
  • What other options are available?

If you are a:

  • Police Officer
  • Lawyer
  • District Justice
  • Sheriff or Deputy
  • Legal Aid Staff
  • Crime Victims Staff
  • Probation Officer
  • Domestic Relations Worker

Please contact your local Education & Training Department for literature or to learn more about scheduling a presentation.

On-line training courses designed specifically for Criminal Justice professionals are available by going to www.PAVTN.net.

According to a 2009 report from the National Institute of Justice, domestic violence-related police calls have been found to constitute the single largest category of calls received by police, accounting for 15 to more than 50 percent of all calls.

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