Can a PFA Be Ordered for Verbal or Emotional Abuse?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

What is a Protection from Abuse Order?

A Protection from Abuse (PFA) order is a court order that protects an individual who does not feel safe due to alleged physical abuse or sexual violence. This order can prohibit contact between the parties and can also dictate terms of parenting time, and other relevant issues. This order is granted by a judge and monitored by the police, so any violations will result in arrest and potential criminal prosecution. A police report is not necessary to seek and obtain a PFA order from a judge. If you are facing an allegation that can result in a PFA against you, then it is important to act fast as you have limited time to defend yourself. Make sure that you speak to an experienced attorney right away.

Who Can Obtain a PFA?

Not everyone can get a PFA order. To get a PFA, there must be a specific relationship between the people involved in the case. A PFA is not available to anyone who is without this specific relationship with the other party. Some examples of relationships that qualify for a PFA are:

  • Spouses
  • Dating partners
  • Sexual partners
  • Roommates or housemates
  • Same-sex couples
  • Parents and their kids

The relationship does not have to be current for a PFA to be properly authorized. Any PFAs with petitioners that are minors must have an adult petition for them.

Are Protection from Abuse Orders Available for Verbal or Emotional Abuse?

To get a PFA, the petitioner must demonstrate that physical abuse or sexual violence took place at the hands of the defendant. The petitioner must also show that continued court protection is needed through a PFA order. PFAs are not available for allegations of verbal, mental, or emotional abuse. It is required that the petitioner has suffered or is in imminent danger of physical harm for a PFA to be authorized. Further, any arguments or conflicts relating to the custody of any children in common are also not grounds for a PFA. The family court is the appropriate court for issues relating to child custody. If you have questions, then call us at the LLF Law Firm today!

Contact the LLF Law Firm Today

If you have questions about a Protection from Abuse (PFA), then it is important that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. It is important to understand how a protection from abuse can affect your life. The attorneys at the LLF Law Firm have the experience that you need to help put you in the best position in your protection from abuse case. To learn why the LLF Law Firm is the right choice, call us toll-free at 888-535-3686 or contact us online.

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