Are you being stalked by an individual with whom you share or shared am intimate relationship? Do you suffer from domestic abuse, or are you in fear for your personal safety or well-being resulting from the abusive actions of a loved one? It is your right and the Court’s duty to assist you in finding relief from your situation. From an attorney’s perspective, this takes the form of a Protection from Abuse action.
A protection from abuse, more commonly called a “PFA,” can be sought in a case where you or a loved one is in imminent fear of bodily harm by someone with whom you are related or in an intimate relationship. When an abusive situation occurs, the police may or may not be called. When they are, they usually give the abused individual information relating to seeking protection. In our jurisdiction, f the incident occurs when the Court is not open to handle the matter, the individual may be sent to the local magistrate for immediate relief, and may then be directed to the Court for more permanent relief.
A PFA may be consented to, or it may be ordered following a hearing. In a hearing situation, the Court will determine if the abuse took place and if the relief sought is warranted. If it finds that the alleged victim is entitled to relief, it may put into place a PFA which prohibits or limits contact with the victim for up to three (3) years. An abuser may not call, speak to, stalk, harass, threaten, text, or have any contact with a victim when a full PFA is in place against him or her.
Bethany L. Notaro, Esquire is an experienced family law attorney, handling PFA (Protection from Abuse) matters in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) as well as throughout southwestern Pennsylvania (Westmoreland, Washington, Butler, among others). Ms. Notaro will be more than happy to consult with you regarding your situation. Attorney Bethany L. Notaro and her family law firm are here to help you in your time of need. For more information on PFA representation please contact lawyer Bethany L. Notaro at 412-281-1988.