Cumberland County closes gap in domestic abuse protection

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In Cumberland County, a gap is being closed in the way that victims of domestic violence are protected by the law.

For an offender to be charged with criminal contempt, they must first be physically served with the protective order, even in the event of an emergency.

In the past that could only be done during normal business hours, but a new program introduced Friday will offer expedited processing for victims of abuse within the county.

“Domestic violence doesn’t keep regular office hours. It happens at night, it happens on off-hours, and it happens on weekends,” prothonotary David Buell said.

The program will come at no cost to taxpayers since the change will only be clerical and the constables that serve the notifications are already staffed during those off-hours.

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