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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, June 16, 2014:
Domestic violence plagues women and men of all ages, socioeconomic status, and education levels. Deaths from domestic violence have increased in Pennsylvania since 2012. Of the 107 victim deaths in 2013, more than half were a result of partner-related violence. Five children died in domestic-violence related homicides.
Domestic violence is the physical abuse of a family member, sexual intimate, or person with whom you may have a child in common. The legal definition of domestic violence in Pennsylvania includes attempting to cause bodily injury, rape, sexual assault, endangering another person’s welfare, and stalking.
For those affected by domestic abuse, the justice system offers civil legal protection with protection from abuse orders (PFAs). A judge signs the order, which warns the perpetrator of domestic violence that if they do not cease the abuse, they will face serious legal consequences.
A protection from abuse orders the abuser away from the victim’s home and prohibits physical abuse, harassment, or stalking under penalty of imprisonment. All firearms and weapons used to threaten the victim must to be turned over to the police. The abuser is required to pay for damage caused to the victim, including medical treatment. Minors are removed from the custody of an abuser. A PFA also provides for temporary child support.
There are three types of PFAs. Emergency PFAs may be ordered immediately by dialing 911 and will last until the next business day. Ex parte temporary PFA will be ordered by a judge to protect the victim or an abused minor without a full court hearing for the abuser. This will last for 10 business days until a hearing can be set. A final PFA lasts up to three years and may be extended.
PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Director Ellen Kramer and Executive Director Peg Dierkers
On Monday’s show, Peg Dierkers and Ellen Kramer from the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence will talk about ending domestic violence, ordering a PFA, and a program that attempts to identify those at high risk and connect them with services.
For more information on how to file a PFA:
To contact the domestic abuse hotline, call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
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