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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 20, 2021 04:10 PM
From: Representative Anita Astorino Kulik and Rep. Natalie Mihalek
To: All House members
Subject: Electronic Monitoring for PFA – Alina’s Law
The 2017 murder of Alina Sheykhet, a University of Pittsburgh student, exposed the flaws in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse (PFA) system. Alina’s ex-boyfriend broke into her apartment and murdered her after being served the protection from abuse order. If law enforcement had been able to monitor his activity, Alina could still be alive today.

As a result of domestic violence, there were 117 fatalities throughout Pennsylvania in 2017. I believe that we can reduce the number of victims in the future by allowing judges to order a PFA defendant to wear an electronic monitoring device if they are found to present a substantial risk of violating the PFA order. If an abuse survivor braves the process to obtain a protection from abuse order, the state must do its part to make sure the order is not violated.

The tragic death of Alina does not need to be repeated – survivors of abuse should not have to live in fear while they wait for a court date. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to further prevent senseless trauma and violence at the hands of dangerous abusers.

Introduced as HB1747