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, PFA staff can assist you with applying for an Emergency PFA from the local Magisterial District Judge or you can go to Reading Central Court on the 1st floor of the Courthouse after 6:00 p.m. weekdays and on weekends or holidays.
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 3 years.
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 you have an active PFA Order and want to withdraw it, go to the Courtroom of the Emergency Family Motions Judge for that day. The Judge may grant or deny your request.