Similar to a restraining order, a (PFA) protection from abuse order prohibits the alleged abuser and alleged victim from making contact, as well as any minor children who are also in need of protection.
In various situations, this means the person who is the defendant is required to leave the residence of the victim.
It usually takes about 10 days for a hearing to take place after someone petitions for a PFA. In an emergency the court is able to issue a temporary PFA if it is deemed necessary for the safety of the victim and any minor children. An EPFA can be issued for the time duration period between the issue and the court hearing. The final protection from abuse order can last up to three years in PA.
Children and PFA Orders
If you have been the victim of abuse, a PFA is very important because it can help protect your children from the defendant.