Protection From Abuse
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the service of the PFA's (Protection From Abuse) orders from the court. This is one of the most dangerous functions our deputies must perform. On going training is vital to the deputy's safety. We are constantly offering new and innovative techniques to insure the safety of the deputies and the public.
A PFA is a restraining order issued by a District Justice or a Court of Common Pleas Judge.
Under the Protection From Abuse Act, abuse is defined as: physical abuse, threat of serious bodily injury, sexual abuse, abuse to children, and/or engaging in a course of conduct that makes a person afraid for their safety, a threat which places you in immediate fear of physical injury, or a pattern of conduct (such as stalking) which places you in immediate fear of physical injury.
A Protection Order can do the following:
- Prohibit abusive conduct
- Stay away/ no contact
- Remove the abuser from your residence
- Grant temporary custody
- Remove weapons/firearms
- Other provisions which the Judge deems appropriate
In any emergency, call 911. The local police or state police will assist you and provide information on how to get an emergency PFA and will file a report.
Additional questions please conntact: The Women's Center, Inc.
(800) 544-8293 or (570) 784-6631