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Know the Laws: Kentucky

UPDATED August 12, 2016

Even if you do not qualify for a protective order / domestic violence order, the abuser may have committed a crime.  If you call the police, they may arrest him/her for a crime and you may get a restraining order through the criminal court.  Remember that even if you do have a protective order/domestic violence order or a criminal complaint, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.

What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Kentucky?
If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Kentucky?

What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Kentucky?

Here is a list of some possible crimes in Kentucky that the abuser may have committed.  You can click on the links to read the legal definition of each crime on our State Statutes page:

If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Kentucky?

The Kentucky Department of Corrections has a Victim Services Branch, which provides information on victims' rights and services.  You can also call them at (877) 687-6818.

For information on victims' compensation in Kentucky, visit the State of Kentucky's Crime Victims Compensation Program website, or contact them by telephone at (502) 573-2290.

You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office.  See our KY Sheriff Departments page for the contact information for your local sheriff's department.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and have been charged with a crime, you can go to our Battered Women Charged with Crimes page.

Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.

You may want to contact the Stalking Resource Center if you are being stalked or harassed.

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