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The state of Pennsylvania takes domestic violence charges very seriously. If you have been charged, do not wait to reach out to our dedicated York County, PA PFA defense attorney today. Our firm understands the magnitude of a domestic violence charge on your record, and we will do whatever is necessary to protect you and your future.

What is domestic violence in Pennsylvania and how are victims protected?

The state of Pennsylvania takes domestic violence offenses very seriously. The Protection from Abuse Act (PFA) is state legislation that was put in place to protect individuals, typically, women and children from abuse in what is referred to as “intimate relationships.” Abuse is defined as:

  • Physically or sexually abusing minor children
  • Intentionally or knowingly inflicting bodily injury upon another
  • False imprisonment
  • Putting another in reasonable fear of bodily injury
  • Engaging in continuous acts against a person without proper authority, such as stalking them placing the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury

If you would like to learn more about domestic violence laws in Pennsylvania, do not wait to reach out to our attorneys today.

How do I know if I am protected under the PFA?

The PFA protects individuals under a variety of circumstances. You can qualify for protection under the Act if your abuser is:

  • A parent
  • A domestic partner
  • A child
  • A family member or blood relative
  • A spouse or former spouse
  • A boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, fiancé, or someone you are sexually intimate with

With that being said, you should recognize that the act does not expressly protect those going through mental, emotional, or verbal abuse, and it also does not cover abuse by a stranger. Reach out to our firm today if you have any other lingering questions.

What are my options if I have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence in Pennsylvania?

It is critical that you have a skilled Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney on your side if you have been wrongfully charged with domestic violence. If you have had an Order of Protection wrongfully, your future and family may be in jeopardy. Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to obtain the representation you need to clear your name and fight these charges.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.