Protection From Abuse (PFA)

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Note: If you need an emergency response, please call 911.  For help in obtaining an After Hours Emergency PFA, please contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-773-2424

To file a Protection from Abuse petition, you must first appear in Court Administration at the Norristown Courthouse Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This allows you ample time to see the judge. 

To qualify for a Protection from Abuse order, there must be either a family relationship or an intimate relationship with the person from whom you want to file for protection. The Prothonotary's Protection from Abuse Department, where you will file your petition, is located on the first floor of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

How to file for a Protection from Abuse order

Cómo presentar una orden de protección contra el maltrato

Children are welcome in the Courthouse but they may not be allowed in the Courtroom for your final hearing. Free child care is available through Court Care; reservations are recommended but not required. Court Care services are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 610-292-4956. Court Care is located on the 6th floor of One Montgomery Plaza (across the street from the Montgomery County Courthouse).

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Laurel House 24/7 hotline - 800-642-3150

Montgomery County Emergency Operation Center - 610-275-1222 

Prothonotary's Protection from Abuse Department - 610-278-1191

Women’s Center of Montgomery County - 610-279-1548

Women’s Center of Montgomery County 24-hour Hotline - 1-800-773-2424

 Please click here for more information from the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Legal Network.