A protection from abuse order is a civil order that provides protection from harm by family or household members, sexual or intimate partners, or someone with whom you have a child in common.
You can file your petition for a protection from abuse order with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where you live (permanently or temporarily), where you work, in any county where the abuser can be served (i.e., where s/he lives or works), or in the county where the abuse took place.
Family Law Unit
Call the Family Law Intake Line at 215.981.3838 on Monday or Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Callers are not able to leave a message. The Family Law Intake Line may be closed early if call volume is high.
Assistance for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is available from PLA's Immigrant Women's Legal Assistance Hotline, which assists callers with legal problems including divorce, custody, child/spousal support, protection from abuse, and immigration. Speakers of languages other than English and Spanish may leave a message with the Immigrant Women's Legal Assistance Hotline by calling 215.981.3838 at any time.
Applicant must be LSC eligible and must be a resident of Philadelphia, or must be seeking custody of a child living in Philadelphia.
The Family Law Unit does not represent defendants in protection from abuse proceedings.Funded By: Legal Services Corporation, Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Pennsylvania IOLTA, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Projects of the Family Law Unit
Frequently Asked Questions
Philadelphia Family Court is no longer located at 34 South 11th Street or at 1801 Vine Street. The court is now located at:
1501 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For information about where to go in the building for different services, see the court's web site.
Deeya Haldar is the co-supervisor of the Drexel Civil Litigation Field Clinic.