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Know the Laws: Kentucky

UPDATED September 21, 2017

Interpersonal Protective Orders

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An interpersonal protective order provides protection for victims of dating violence/abuse against a current or former dating partner.  In addition, they can also protect a victim of sexual assault or stalking regardless of whether or not you have ever dated the offender.   

Steps for getting an interpersonal protective order

back to topWhat are the steps for getting an interpersonal protective order?

The steps to get an interpersonal protective order are similar to the steps to get a domestic violence protective order, but you may fill out different forms.  If you have any questions, you can call the clerk of court.  You can find the contact information for your clerk on the KY Courthouse Locations page.

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back to topWhere can I file for an interpersonal protective order?

You can file a petition for an interpersonal protective order in the county where you live or a county to which you have fled in order to escape dating violence and abuse, stalking, or sexual assault.*

* KRS § 456.030(2)

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back to topCan an interpersonal protective order be extended?

Yes.  When your final order is about to expire, you can apply in court for it to be renewed (reissued) for a period of up to 3 years.  There is no specific limit to the number of times that you can apply to renew your order.  However, if the order was never violated since it was issued, this may be considered by the judge when deciding whether or not to reissue the order.* 

* KRS § 456.060(3)

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