A Protection from Abuse order (PFA) is a court order available to victims of domestic abuse. It prohibits the abuser from contact with the victim and from harassing the victim’s loved ones. In most cases, a PFA could prohibit the defendant from possession of weapons. A final PFA can be in effect for up to three years. Victims obtain PFA’s by filing a petition with the local court and having a hearing with the judge. Violation of a PFA order could result in jail and fines.