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Victims of domestic violence seeking remedies through the criminal justice system may use one or both of two available legal options:
A victim may report the abuse or incident to the police. Under Delaware Law many acts of domestic violence constitute a crime. Such acts include threats to harm, harassment, and physical or sexual assault.
Protection From Abuse Orders (PFAs) are civil orders issued by the Family Court of Delaware. The PFA allows a victim to obtain a court order against an abusive partner. It does not require police intervention but rather is an action between parties involved in a family relationship as defined in the Delaware Code.
A judge may order any or all of the following to be included within the Protection From Abuse order
A respondent who violates the PFA can be arrested without a warrant. Although the PFA order is not a guarantee of safety, it is an important remedy for victims of domestic violence as they plan for their safety and that of their children.
View the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council's PFA Information Sheet
View DCADV’s Fact Sheet about PFAs and the Delaware code: What You Must Prove, What You Can Obtain
Information from www.womenslaw.org: