Everything You Need to Know About Domestic Violence Laws

Victims of domestic violence are able to apply for protective orders in order to keep themselves safe. Here’s everything you need to know about Kentucky domestic violence laws and resources.

Individuals can file a lawsuit for domestic violence if they have been abused by a family member. If any other individual committed the abuse, it would not be classified as domestic violence. Instead, it would be assault or battery. Individuals may then file for protective orders in order to prevent further acts of domestic violence. Individuals looking for resources can reach out to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Domestic Violence

Kentucky law defines domestic violence as any physical injury, sexual abuse, assault, or inflicting fear of imminent physical violence, sexual abuse, or assault between “family members” or an unmarried couple. Individuals who have been subjected to acts of domestic violence can formally file for a protective order. If the individual is not a family member or part of the unmarried couple, then it may not count as domestic violence. These incidents would either be considered assault or battery.

Types of Domestic Violence

There are multiple ways in which individuals can face domestic violence, including:

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  • Physical violence/assault
  • Threats of violence or Abuse
  • Verbal or Emotional Abuse
  • Economic Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spousal Assault
  • Endangerment
  • Child Abuse/ Neglect
  • Elder Abuse

Protective Orders

Individuals who have experienced domestic violence have the ability to file for a protective order.
Under this protective order, the following provisions apply:

  • Assaulter can not communicate with the petitioner (except as directed by the court)
  • No committing further acts of domestic violence or abuse
  • No disposing of, or damaging, the parties’ property
  • Must vacate the residence shared by the parties
  • Temporary custody can be granted to the petitioner (if applicable)
  • No approaching the petitioner or minor child within a specified distance
  • Any other rules the court believes will eliminate further acts of domestic violence and abuse

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Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Individuals who are victims of domestic violence may feel vulnerable and overwhelmed. There are multiple resources they can reach out to. The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization that supports victims and provides them with resources, such as with legal resources. This information can be found on their website: https://kcadv.org/resources.

FAQs About Domestic Violence

Who does Kentucky law consider as family members?

A family member can only be a spouse, former spouse, grandparent, child, stepchild, or any other individual living in the same household.

Can the petitioner call the police if the protective order is violated?

Yes, the protective order may not fully prevent any violations. However, the petitioner has the right to notify the police if the order is violated.

Are there different types of protective orders in Kentucky?

Yes, there are two types of protective

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