Protect Yourself and Your Family with Experienced Representation
At Grace Legal Offices, PLLC, we understand that it is a difficult and emotional time when you are facing domestic violence. There is the risk of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical harm that destroys relationships and families. This is why our team of experienced and compassionate family law attorneys is here to provide professional legal guidance to you and other family members during this difficult time.
The Grace law firm is dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse seek protection by filing Protection from Abuse Orders, starting divorce proceedings, and if necessary filing criminal charges. We also represent clients with custody of children and other family law services to achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
Our attorneys have extensive experience and are well-versed in the field of PA domestic violence and understand how to quickly assess your situation and guide you through your legal domestic abuse issues and options. From filing a Protection From Abuse (PFA) to navigating the divorce process, we are here to provide compassionate representation every step of the way. Our goal is to ensure that you and your family are protected from harm.
If you and your family need an advocate, contact us now
What Is Domestic Violence Under Pennsylvania law?
Under Pennsylvania law Title 23 section 6102, domestic abuse is defined as:
The occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners, or persons who share biological parenthood:
- Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault or incest with or without a deadly weapon.
- Placing another in reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
- False imprisonment.
- Physically or sexually abusing minor children.
- Knowingly engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another person, including following the person, without proper authority, under circumstances that place the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
Under the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act (PFA), domestic violence is defined as “actual or threatened physical, sexual, emotional and/or economic abuse aimed at achieving control over an intimate partner.”
Examples of domestic violence can include:
- Pushing or shoving
- Forcing a partner to have sex
- Making threats against a partner or their family members
- Destroying property
- Other acts intended to isolate, intimidate or frighten the victim
The PFA act also provides for civil remedies such as protection orders and criminal prosecutions for those found guilty of committing acts of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Can Happen To Anyone
It is important to understand that domestic violence knows no bounds – it can occur in any type of relationship regardless of gender identity. All victims of domestic violence have the right to seek protection and to be free from further abuse. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact your local police department or a lawyer for advice on how best to protect yourself and your family.
A domestic violence lawyer can provide a confidential consultation to discuss all legal matters involving domestic violence and abuse to prevent you and your loved ones from bodily harm. At Grace Legal, we are committed to protecting your rights and safety from domestic offenses. Your life is precious and as heartbreaking and stressful as it may be, only court orders and domestic violence charges can protect you from further abuse and violence. A Grace Legal domestic violence attorney will be there for you through this challenging time and experience.
Legal Protection is Available for Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic abuse can seek protection through the courts by filing for a Protection From Abuse. A Protection From Abuse is an order from the court that requires an abuser to stay away from the victim and their family. In addition, victims of domestic abuse may also file for divorce or legal separation if they wish to end the marriage. Victims may also seek child custody or spousal support.
How To File a Protection From Abuse
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may file for a Protection From Abuse order. To do so, contact your local court to obtain the appropriate paperwork. You will be required to provide information about yourself and the abuser, such as names and addresses. If you do not wish to handle this matter on your own, Grace Legal has an experienced domestic violence attorney who can assist you through this process,
Paperwork Required for a Protection from Abuse
When filing for a Protection from Abuse Order you will need to provide the court with certain documents. These documents may include personal identification, such as a driver’s license or birth certificate; information about any existing child custody agreements; proof of residence; and any other evidence that supports your claim of domestic violence.
Timeline for a Protection from Abuse
Once you have submitted the paperwork with the applicable fees, the court will then issue a temporary Protection from Abuse order that is valid until your hearing date. At the hearing, both parties will have the opportunity to present evidence and testimony as to why a permanent Protection from Abuse order should or should not be issued. It is important to note that protection from abuse orders are typically temporary, could range from 6 months to three years, and must be renewed periodically.
When it comes to appearing in court, a PA PFA lawyer has the knowledge and experience to ensure the best outcome for you and your family.
If you and your family need an advocate, contact us now
Adding a Protection Order to an Existing Case
If you are already in the middle of a family law case due to domestic violence, such as a divorce or custody dispute, you may be able to add a protection order to your existing case. Speak with one of our experienced attorneys to learn more about how we can help you take this step.
Should I Hire a Lawyer For My Domestic Violence Case?
Seeking legal representation is always beneficial when dealing with a domestic violence case. At Grace Legal Offices, PLLC, our team of experienced family law attorneys can help you understand the legal process and protect your rights. We are here to provide compassionate representation throughout this difficult time. Contact us today for more information about how we can help.
Other Domestic Violence FAQs
Can I get custody of my children if I'm a victim of domestic violence?
Yes, it is possible to seek custody of your children if you are a victim of domestic violence. Our attorneys can assist with filing for a protective order and helping you build your case for child custody.
How can an experienced attorney help me with a divorce case involving domestic violence allegations?
An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you navigate the divorce process and protect your rights. Our Pennsylvania attorneys can assist with determining the right course of action, filing paperwork, and presenting a strong case in court.
Are there any resources available to victims of domestic violence?
Yes, there are many resources available to victims of domestic violence. These include hotlines, shelters, and counseling services. You can also contact Grace Legal Offices, PLLC to discuss your legal options. We are dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse in Camp Hill & Harrisburg.
Are there laws in Pennsylvania that protect victims from retaliatory actions by their abusers after leaving them or filing for divorce/custody proceedings?
Yes, there are laws in place to protect victims from their abusers. These include protection orders, which prohibit the abuser from engaging in certain actions such as harassment or contact with the victim. You can speak with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your rights and legal options.
At Grace Legal Offices, PLLC, we understand how overwhelming it can feel to face domestic violence and take legal action. That’s why our experienced family law attorneys are here to provide the representation and guidance you need. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure your safety and help you pursue necessary protection through the court system. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Experienced Legal Representation for Domestic Abuse Victims
At Grace Legal Offices, PLLC, we are committed to providing experienced and compassionate legal representation to victims of domestic abuse. Our attorneys understand the complexities of family law and the seriousness of domestic violence cases. We have a deep understanding of the laws surrounding Protection from Abuse Orders and can help you get the protection you need. Contact our experienced family law attorneys today to get started.
We are here to help you take this step. We know it isn’t easy, and we want to support you through the process. Our team is dedicated to providing honest advice and focused legal representation throughout your domestic violence case. Contact us today for a consultation and learn more about how we can help protect you and your family.