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Legal Information: Kentucky

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about protective orders / domestic violence orders and interpersonal protective orders.

State-specific information about custody in Kentucky.

This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about Kentucky divorce laws.

Victims of domestic violence, interpersonal violence, or certain other crimes can break a rental lease without penalty and their landlords cannot penalize them if they call the police for help.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Kentucky and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.