I was not granted a PFA. What are my options?
If you are not granted a PFA order, there are still some things you can do to stay safe. It might be a good idea to contact one of the domestic violence or sexual assault programs in your area to get help, support, and give you advice on how to stay safe. They can help you develop a safety plan and help connect you with the resources you need. For safety planning help, ideas, and information, go to our Safety Tips page. You will find a list of Kansas resources on our Places that Help page.
If you were not granted a PFA order because your relationship with the abuser does not qualify as a “family or household member,” you may be able to seek a protection from stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking order.
You may also be able to reapply for a PFA order if a new incident of domestic abuse occurs after you are denied the order.
If you believe the judge made an error of law, you can talk to a lawyer about the possibility of an appeal. Generally, appeals are complicated and you will most likely need the help of a lawyer. You can read more on our Filing an Appeal page.