More than 39,000 new Protection From Abuse petitions were filed statewide in 2018, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
A PFA is a civil order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member.
The infographic highlights 2018 PFA data including the statewide number of PFA petitions filed over the last five years, the top 10 counties with the highest number of PFA cases and the percentages of PFA case outcomes.
Among the counties with the highest number of PFA cases were Montgomery and Berks counties.
At the beginning of 2019, Berks County had 205 cases pending. By the end of the year, 221 cases were pending.
In Montgomery County, 141 cases were pending at the beginning of 2018. By the end of the year, 205 were pending.
In counties such as Delaware, 627 cases were pending at the beginning of 2018 with 572 still pending by the end of the year.
In Chester County, the year started with 320 pending PFA cases and ended with 295.
Bucks County began the year with 9 pending cases and ended it with 17.
Montgomery County and Berks County each account for 4 percent of the total PFA cases issued in Pennsylvania, while Delaware County accounts for 5 percent.