Protection from Abuse Information Center
Welcome to the York County Protection From Abuse Information Center.
Protection From Abuse Office
York County Judicial Center
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401
Hours: 8:30 A.M. To 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday
Closed from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 P.M. Mondays & Thursdays
WHAT IS ABUSE?
Under the Protection from Abuse Act of 1976, abuse is defined as any of the following:
Attempting to, or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, spousal sexual assault or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, with or without a deadly weapon. Placing another in fear of serious bodily injury. False imprisonment as defined under the crimes code, and/or Physically or sexually abusing minor children.
THE ACT DOES NOT COVER MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL ABUSE
WHO CAN FILE FOR A PFA?
You can file for a Protection Order if the person who has or is trying to harm you is:
- Your spouse or ex-spouse
- Your current or former sexual / intimate partner
- Your parent or child
- A certain other blood relative
Note: If you are seeking a protection from abuse order and you are a minor who is not emancipated, you must have a parent or legal guardian file on your behalf.
WHERE CAN I FILE FOR A PFA?
Legal papers can be filed with the Court of Common Pleas at the York County Judicial Center, which is located at 45 N. George Street, York, PA 17401. A lawyer is not required to file papers.
- After 5:00 p.m., you may apply for emergency PFA by dailing 911 and ask to speck to a Duty Justice. The Duty Justice will then conact you with further instructions.
- Your emergency order expires at the end of the next business day.
- The PFA office does not take appointments; it is on a first come, first served basis.
- The filing of a petition and the interview may take up to two hours.
- Preparing for Ex-Parte Hearing
No food, drinks, or cell phones are permitted in the Judicial Center.
HOW IS THE ABUSER NOTIFIED OF THE COURT PROCEEDINGS?
The defendant must be served with a copy of the petition, notice of the hearing and any temporary order which was issued.
The York County Sheriff's Department will make every attempt to serve the order within 24 hours assuming the address that is provided to the court is correct. It is important that the correct address of the abuser is provided to the PFA office.
WHAT PROTECTION WILL I RECEIVE?
The court may order the abuser to:
- stop abusing you and/or your children;
- stay away from the house or apartment where you live;
- stay away from you, your residence, your school and your place of employment;
- refrain from harassing you and / or stalking you;
- turn over any weapons to the sheriff if they were used or were threatened to be used during the abuse;
- pay you for financial losses resulting from the abuse. (These losses could include medical, dental, relocation, attorney fees, as well as loss of earnings)
The court may also award you temporary custody of your children and may grant you temporary support for yourself and/or the children of the abuser, until a final order of support / custody is entered through the proper court proceeding.
Note: The PFA process is NOT intended as a substitute for custody, support or property dispute proceedings.
WHAT IF THE ORDER IS VIOLATED?
If the abuser violates the Order you should contact the police immediately to report the violation.
A hearing must be held before the judge can determine the abuser's guilt or innocence. An abuser found in contempt can be placed in jail for up to six (6) months and/or fined $1,000.00 for each violation.
An abuser who travels outside the state and intentionally violates the order may be subject to federal criminal proceedings.
This website contains information that is found under the Protection from Abuse Act of 1976. The information within this site is not intended to take the place of legal advice from an attorney. The site should be viewed strictly as a means of gathering information regarding the protection from abuse process. The Protection from Abuse Office does not give legal advice. If you have any questions concerning your rights or responsibilities, you should contact an attorney.