A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pennsylvania

News Article

October 15, 2021

In 2020, the number of new protection from abuse (PFA) orders filed statewide decreased by 11 percent from 2019. A PFA is a civil court order to help protect victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member. Additional information about protection orders is available here.

The infographic below highlights 2020 PFA data including the statewide number of PFAs filed over the last five years, the top 10 counties with the highest number of PFA filings and the percentages of PFA case outcomes. A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download at under Media Resources.




PA Courts InfoShare is a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.


Media contact:    Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331

Editor’s Note: View county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data via the PFA interactive dashboards.

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