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Legal Statutes: Pennsylvania

UPDATED May 25, 2017

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Chapter 61. Protection from Abuse

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Unless a victim waives the privilege in a signed writing prior to testimony or disclosure, a domestic violence counselor/advocate or a coparticipant who is present during domestic violence counseling/advocacy shall not be competent nor permitted to testify or to otherwise disclose confidential communications made to or by the counselor/advocate by or to a victim. The privilege shall terminate upon the death of the victim. Neither the domestic violence counselor/advocate nor the victim shall waive the privilege of confidential communications by reporting facts of physical or sexual assault under Chapter 63 (relating to child protective services), a Federal or State mandatory reporting statute or a local mandatory reporting ordinance.


1990, Dec. 19, P.L. 1240, No. 206, § 2, effective in 90 days. Amended 1994, Oct. 6, P.L. 574, No. 85, § 5, effective in 60 days.