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Know the Laws: Pennsylvania

Know the Laws

Pennsylvania

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  • State Law Overview

    Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

  • Restraining Orders

    Information about protection from abuse orders and moving in and out of state with a protection order.

  • Custody

    Information about custody in Pennsylvania.

  • Parental Kidnapping

    This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.

  • Divorce

    Basic information about divorce in Pennsylvania.

  • Crimes

    Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Pennsylvania and victim assistance programs.

  • State Gun Laws

    There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

  • Suing Your Abuser

    You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.

Federal Laws

  • Immigration

    Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.

  • Federal Gun Laws

    Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.

  • Military

    Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.

Tribal Laws

  • Tribal Law

    Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Religious Law