Senate Approves Vulakovich’s Protection from Abuse Legislation


Legislation sponsored by Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-38) that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s protection from abuse law was unanimously approved by the state Senate today.

Senate Bill 500 would require police, sheriffs or court-approved law enforcement officials to accompany a plaintiff to their residence before or during the service of a protection from abuse (PFA) order.   A court would mandate the service if a plaintiff claims assistance is necessary to warrant protection.

“This bill is all about safety,” said Senator Vulakovich. “As a former law enforcement officer of 27 years, I know how dangerous these situations are, and this legislation goes a long way in enhancing protection for everyone involved.”

Additionally, the legislation brings uniformity across Pennsylvania’s law enforcement and judicial system.

The legislation is part of a bipartisan package of bills the Senate considered this week aimed at reforming the state’s domestic violence laws, while offering greater protections to victims of domestic violence and their children and holding abusers accountable.

Senate Bill 500 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Contact:          Scot A. Pitzer (717) 787-6538