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Know the Laws: Pennsylvania

UPDATED October 26, 2016

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.

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.

If you live in Montgomery County, you may also contact the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County.  Some of the services they provide are: information, counseling, and support groups for victims.  You can visit their website or call their toll-free hotline at (888) 521-0983.  They may also be reached at (610) 277-5200 (for victims of sexual violence), and (610) ASSIST-1 (277-4781) (for victims of other crimes).

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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