Protection From Abuse

PFA OFFICE HOURS

The PFA Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The PFA FILING hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. After PFA filing hours, the plaintiff may obtain an Emergency PFA from the PFA office via video conferencing with the local District Justice or from Reading Central Court on the 1st floor of the Courthouse after 7:00 p.m. and on weekends.


WHAT IS A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDER (PFA)?

A PFA is a civil order of the court available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. It prohibits the offender from abusing, stalking, harassing, threatening or attempting to use physical force that would reasonably cause bodily injury to the victim.


WHO CAN OBTAIN A PFA ORDER?

  • A spouse or former spouse of the offender

  • A parent of a common child of the offender

  • A current or former sexual or intimate partner with the offender

  • A child of the victim

  • A child of the offender

  • A family member related by blood/marriage to the offender

  • A sibling (person who shares biological parenthood) of the offender

  • A current or former cohabitant (person who lives with) like a spouse

HOW LONG DOES A PFA ORDER LAST?

A temporary PFA Order is effective for 7-10 days until the court hearing on the Final Order is held. The Final PFA Order can be in effect for up to 36 months.

HOW MUCH DOES A PFA ORDER COST?

There is no cost to you (plaintiff) to initially file a PFA. The parties responsible for paying all related costs of filing and serving the PFA will be determined at the final hearing.

HOW DO I WITHDRAW THE PFA?

If the plaintiff wishes to withdraw the PFA Order, contact the Judge who signed the PFA Order to schedule a time for your request to be heard. Most often this will be on the Judge’s PFA family motions day.

Contact Information

Address:

Protection From Abuse Office

Mailing Address Only: 4th Floor

633 Court Street

Reading, PA 19601

Phone:

610-478-6208 ext. 5701 / ext. 5702

Fax:

610-478-4995

Email:

pfa@countyofberks.com

Hours:

(Office) Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(Filing) Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.