Last year, 1,300 Protection From Abuse Orders were issued in Allegheny County. But, despite a court mandate forcing two people to remain separate, PFAs are often violated. The penalties include up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. But critics say the orders are not taken seriously because they lack weight. DUQ's Amy DiFiore reports.
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This story originally aired on WDUQ August 24, 2004.