AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ACTIONS
A Protection From Abuse Order, commonly referred to as a PFA, is a civil order offering a person protection from abuse by family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or a person with whom an individual has had a child.
• Abusing minor children either physically or sexually;
PFAs are granted to adults (a person 18 years of age or older), or emancipated minors seeking legal protection from acts of domestic violence or abuse committed against them or to their minor child by a family or household member. A "family or household member" includes a spouse or ex-spouse, a sibling, parent, relative by blood or marriage, a child, a former or current sexual or intimate partner (including a same sex partner) and someone with whom a child is shared.
If a protective order is entered, the length of the order can be up to 36 months. The length of a PFA can be extended if ongoing violations of the Order occur.
In a protective order, the court has the ability to grant the following relief:
• Prohibit the defendant from abusing, stalking, harassing or threatening you
Domestic violence is never acceptable. If you find yourself in a situation involving domestic violence, you need to take steps to immediately and safely remove yourself and any minor children from the situation.