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Know the Laws: Pennsylvania

UPDATED May 25, 2017

Even if you do not qualify for a restraining order, the abuser may have committed a crime.  If you call the police, they may arrest him/her for a crime and you may get a restraining order through the criminal court.  Remember that even if you do have a PFA, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.

If the abuser has mis-used technology in a way that you believe may be a crime, go to our Technology Abuse section to learn what types of behaviors are covered under criminal state laws.

What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Pennsylvania?
If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Pennsylvania?

What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Pennsylvania?

Here is a list of some possible crimes in Pennsylvania that the abuser may have committed.  You can click on the links to read the legal definition of the crime in our PA Statutes page:

If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency runs an Office of Victims' Services, which provides information on victims' rights, victims' compensation, as well as additional information about other victims' services in Pennsylvania.  They can also be reached at (800) 233-2339.

You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office.  See our PA Sheriff Departments page for the contact information for your local sheriff's department.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and have been charged with a crime, you can go to our Battered Women Charged with Crimes page.

Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.

You may want to contact the Stalking Resource Center if you are being stalked or harassed.

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