The short-term and long-term consequences of domestic abuse for victims and families are enormous. It is difficult to overstate the costs of such abuse as it often tears families apart.
If you or your family has been affected by such a devastating occurrence, Petrelli Previtera Schimmel can help you protect yourself during such an extremely difficult time. Our family law lawyers have extensive experience helping others cope with this issue. We also have access to the kind of resources you need in helping deal with occurrences of domestic violence.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic abuse comes in a variety of forms and affects a tremendously large number of families. Pennsylvania defines domestic violence as intentional acts that cause bodily injury to someone in the household or intentionally causing these individuals to fear that bodily injury will occur. It can come in the form of verbal, emotional or physical abuse. By members of the household, we mean:
- Spouses or ex-spouses
- Domestic partners and former domestic partners
- Current or former roommates
- Parents and children
- Blood relatives
- Individuals related through marriage
Responding to a domestic violence issue often involves law enforcement officers, and social workers. Hearings for domestic violence occur in both Pennsylvania’s criminal and civil courts.
Philadelphia Spousal Abuse Attorneys
A Protection from Abuse Order (commonly called a PFA), protects victims from physical and verbal abuse, harassment and stalking. These orders are taken very seriously by the courts and the individuals they protect. If you have been served with a PFA or are seeking to put one in place, we can help you navigate the emotional process.
AtPetrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC, we can advise you as either the plaintiff or the defendant regarding your rights and legal options. We will review with you how a PFA can affect other areas of your life such as child custody considerations. We will work toward providing you with the best possible outcome.
Contact Our Law Firm To Learn More
Do not let your fear stand in the way of protecting yourself. Let Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC shoulder some of that burden. We know how frightening and overwhelming domestic violence can be for your family. Contact our law office by calling (215) 523-6900 to set up a consultation.