I was not granted a protective order. What are my options?
If you are not granted a protective 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 programs in your area to get help, support, and 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. To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit our KY Advocates and Shelters page.
You may be able to reapply for a protective 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. For basic information on appeals, see our Filing Appeals page.
If you were not granted a protective order because your relationship with the abuser does not qualify -- (see Who can get a protective order? for qualifying relationships) -- you may be able to seek protection through the criminal court system. You will find more information about this process in What can I do if I don't qualify for a protective order?