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Restraining Orders

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April 20, 2022

Am I eligible for an interpersonal protective order?

You may file for an interpersonal protective order due to:

An adult may also file on behalf of a minor who qualifies for an interpersonal protective order. The law doesn’t specifically say that the adult has to be the minor’s parent or guardian.1

To file based on dating violence and abuse, there must have been “dating relationship,” which the law defines as “a relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.”2

In addition, if someone is criminally convicted of any degree of rape, sodomy, or sexual abuse against you or for a criminal attempt, conspiracy, facilitation, or solicitation to commit any degree of rape, sodomy, or sexual abuse, an interpersonal protective order will automatically be issued on your behalf by the court that entered the judgment of conviction unless you request otherwise. In that case, the order can be effective for up to ten years, with the ability to renew it for up to ten years at a time.3

Note: If the person who has sexually assaulted or stalked you is a family member or an intimate partner with whom you live(d) or have a child, or s/he is a current/former spouse, you would file for a protective order based on domestic violence instead. Please see Protective Orders / Domestic Violence Orders for more information

1 KRS §§ 456.030(1); 456.010(1), (6), (7), (8)
2 KRS § 456.010(1)
3 KRS § 510.037

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