Legal Information: Pennsylvania

Know the Laws

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

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 includes information specific to Pennsylvania about parental kidnapping, also called custodial interference. There is also a page with general information that you may find helpful.  Custody and kidnapping are particularly complicated issues and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case.

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.