(1) Violation of the terms or conditions of an order of protection after the person
has been served or given notice of the order shall constitute contempt of court and
a criminal offense under this section. Once a criminal or contempt proceeding has been initiated, the other shall not be
undertaken regardless of the outcome of the original proceeding.
(2) (a) Court proceedings for contempt of court for violation of an order of protection
shall be held in the county where the order was issued or filed.
(b) Court proceedings for a criminal violation of an order of protection shall follow
the rules of venue applicable to criminal cases generally.
(3) Nothing in this section shall preclude the Commonwealth from prosecuting and
convicting the respondent of criminal offenses other than violation of an order of
(4) (a) A person is guilty of a violation of an order of protection when he or she
intentionally violates the provisions of an order of protection after the person has
been served or given notice of the order.
(b) Violation of an order of protection is a Class A misdemeanor.
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