As courts close for the coronavirus, officials and advocates adjust to protect domestic violence victims

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Vinny Vella
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 6, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Legal Assistance


Domestic-violence advocates across the Philadelphia region say that homes aren’t safe for hundreds of families. Court officials have seen applications for protection-from-abuse orders either stay consistent or drop slightly. They quietly fear that people in dangerous situations aren’t aware that county courthouses remain open for these emergency functions, and are actively working to remind people that there is always a place to turn to, even during a pandemic.