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Self-Help: Protection From Abuse (PFA) & Domestic Violence

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Finding Forms Online

Here are some websites where you can find sample forms related to PFAs in Pennsylvania and/or Philadelphia. 

Resources  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section 
Forms include Petition for Protection from AbusePetition to Modify Protection from Abuse OrderPetition for Contempt of Protection for Abuse Order, and Petition for Extension of Protection from Abuse Order.

Forms Philadelphia Courts
Click on Court of Common Pleas Family Court - Domestic Relations. Then click on Protection from Abuse to open the list of forms under that category. Includes various forms such as Petition for Protection From AbusePetition for Contempt of Protection From Abuse Order, and more. 

Screenshot of Philadelphia Courts Forms page


Forms - For the Public Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Scroll to the part of the page that says Civil Protection Orders for information and some standardized court forms related to Protection From Abuse Orders. 

Screenshot of the PA Courts' "For the Public" page with forms


Sometimes form templates are also found in the court rules. See the PA Laws & Court Rules page of this guide for info on how to find court rules. 

Finding Forms at Jenkins

Jenkins has the following form packets related to PFAs available at the front desk:

These form packets are FREE.

Protection from Abuse:

  • Petition for Contempt of Protection from Abuse (PFA)
  • Petition to Extend Protection from Abuse (PFA)
  • Petition to Modify Protection from Abuse (PFA)
  • Petition to Open Default Judgment
  • Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (IFP)
  • Petition for Protection from Abuse (PFA)
  • Petition for Reconsideration - Protection from Abuse (PFA)
  • Petition to Vacate Protection from Abuse (PFA)

If you can't find a form online or in the packets at Jenkins' front desk, you can visit the library to do your own research. See the Forms at Jenkins tab in this box for ideas on where to look for sample forms. 

Disclaimer - The Jenkins Law Library staff is unable to give you legal advice, select forms, and/or fill out forms for you. The information contained in these form packets is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Jenkins Law Library assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their content.

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