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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Ryan Buchanan

Ryan Buchanan

Working in many areas of law Ryan focused his efforts on family law. He prides himself on holding himself to a high standard of ethics and morals.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Bringing many years of experience and knowledge representing our clients in domestic violence and protection from abuse matters.

Albert Iacocca

Albert Iacocca

Albert M. Iacocca is an attorney with extensive knowledge of complex legal matters and has more then 10 years experience.

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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
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135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
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600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
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101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
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Domestic Violence

There's a very dark side to families sometimes. People who are closest to each other sometimes engage in abusive behavior. Sometimes, people falsely accuse their family members of such actions. In cases of domestic violence, there is a criminal side, in which prosecutors charge those accused. But there is also a civil side, in which people make seek a Protection From Abuse Order.

Domestic Violence Victim Attorney in Chester County PA

At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our team of compassionate West Chester family lawyers can help you through this extraordinarily trying time for any civil matters stemming from domestic abuse. Our team effort puts all of our lawyers' experience together to help both the victims of domestic violence and those accused deal with the legal proceedings surrounding a Protection From Abuse Order, child custody modifications, and other matters.

Call us today at (877) 529-2422 or send an online message, and our lawyers will set up a free consultation to discuss moving forward on your domestic violence matter. You can discuss your case in a safe environment in one of our convenient office locations in Lancaster, Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, West Chester, Kennett Square, Malvern, Springfield, King of Prussia, or Radnor .

We are able to serve clients on domestic violence matters throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia area, including in Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County and Montgomery County.


Defining Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania

When people think of domestic violence, they commonly think of domestic assault against a spouse. Domestic assault is intentionally, knowingly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to another person in the perpetrator's household, or putting the person in imminent fear of serious bodily injury. Domestic assault against a spouse is, indeed, a form of domestic violence.

However, under Pennsylvania law, domestic violence also includes a broad range of crimes committed against a member of the perpetrator's family or household. The crimes include harassment, which is making physical contact, following a person in a public place or repeatedly communicating with the intent to harass; stalking, which is when a person repeatedly follows or communicates with a person in a manner that causes them reasonable fear of bodily injury or severe emotional distress; and false imprisonment, when a person unlawfully and knowingly restrains another against his or her will.

Sexual assault can also be a form of domestic violence, even between spouses. Though spouses may be expected to have a sexual relationship, both parties must consent to sexual contact.

Domestic violence doesn't necessarily always happen between spouses. Child abuse, when a parent commits an act against his or her child, is also a form of domestic violence. Domestic violence can also occur by the child on the parent. To be domestic violence, the perpetrator and victim are spouses, are former spouses, are related by blood or marriage, had a child together, are current or former sexual partners, or reside together as family or have done so in the past.


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Protection From Abuse Order in Chester County

For domestic violence cases, there is a criminal and a civil component. The Chester County district attorney prosecutes criminal cases, and the defendant can have a criminal defense attorney. However, if you're the victim of domestic violence, or you have been accused of domestic violence, there can be Protection From Abuse Order to deal with. View more information on PFA Orders.


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Legal Assistance for Domestic Abuse Victims in Pennsylvania

In the sensitive matters surrounding domestic violence, our West Chester lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices are always here for you. Whether your case involves a former husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or other partners, our experience can help you when you need it most. Our firm passionately represents clients across Phoenixville, Coatesville, Paoli, Willow Street, Lititz, Ephrata, Norristown, Villanova, Media, Newtown Square, Glen Mills, Ardmore, Greater Philadelphia, and surrounding communities. Call us today at (877) 529-2422, or send an online message for a free consultation.