Legal Information: Pennsylvania

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about protection from abuse orders, protection from sexual violence or intimidation orders, and moving in and out of state with a protection order.

Information about custody in Pennsylvania.

This page has some general information (not state-specific) about when one parent takes a child out of the state or country without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about divorce laws in Pennsylvania.

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

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

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