According to the ACP law, an applicant must be a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or a person who lives in the same household as the victim.
The Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA) manages this Program, but applicants must apply at a local domestic violence, rape crisis or victim-witness program. §§ 6311 - 6320) requires a person who is a designated mandatory reporter under the law to make a report of suspected child abuse if the person has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of abuse.
The law also provides strict guidance to any person who wishes to relocate to a new home with the child if that move would take away from the other parent’s ability to see the child.
The Custody page provides more information on custody related to domestic to committing a personal injury crime— including homicide, assault, kidnapping, and human trafficking— against the other party.
The new law also prohibits the court from requiring counseling over the objection of a party that has a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against the other party.
Counseling is also prohibited if a party to the divorce has been convicted of a personal injury crime or has entered into an ARD program for the crime.
Jen and Dave’s Law (Act 119 of 1996)Act 119 of 1996 established the nation’s first statewide, automated telephone system for providing criminal charge information for individuals involved in custody cases.