A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pa

PA Courts InfoShare

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October 10, 2019

More than 39,000 new protection from abuse (PFA) petitions were filed statewide in 2018 according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. A PFA is a civil order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member. Additional information about protection orders is available here.

The infographic below highlights 2018 PFA data including the statewide number of PFA petitions filed over the last five years, the top 10 counties with the highest number of PFA cases and the percentages of PFA case outcomes.

A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pennsylvania

A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download.

PA Courts InfoShare is a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.


Media contact:    Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331 or 717-576-4373

Editor’s Note: View county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data via the PFA interactive dashboards.

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