Know the Laws: Kentucky
UPDATED August 12, 2016
A restraining order or protective order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another. In Kentucky, there are several types of orders explained below.
Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.
Provides protection from harm by a family member or someone you are in a relationship with.
Provides protection if you are the victim of dating violence and abuse, or sexual assault or stalking committed by someone whom you may or may not have dated.
If you have been the victim of a crime, including domestic violence, you may be able to file a criminal complaint against the abuser.
Your DVO may be enforceable wherever you move.
If you are planning to move to Kentucky or are going to be in Kentucky for any reason, your protection or restraining order may be enforced.
WomensLaw.org would like to thank the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association for their assistance putting together this information.