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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 29, 2019

What protections can I get in an emergency protective order and a domestic violence order?

An emergency protective order (EPO) and a can do the following:

  • order the abuser to not commit acts of domestic violence and abuse against you;
  • order the abuser to have no contact with you or with anyone else specified in the order (including face-to-face, telephone, written, electronic, through a third party, etc.);
  • order the abuser to stay away from you or anyone else specified in the order (for a distance of up to 500 feet)
  • order the abuser to not come within a certain distance of any specified residence, school, or place of employment;
  • order the abuser to not sell or destroy any of your property or any property you share with him/her;
  • order the abuser to leave the home you share;
  • give you temporary custody of your children; and/or
  • provide you with any other protection necessary to eliminate future domestic violence.1

A domestic violence order (DVO) can do the following:

  • order everything that an EPO can order - listed above; and, additionally:
    • award you temporary child support; and/or
    • order that either or both of you receive counseling services available in the community.2

Note: A DVO can be amended (after you file a request and the judge holds a hearing) to require the abuser to wear a GPS device if the abuser has committed a substantial (serious) violation of a domestic violence order and if the judge believes that the GPS device would increase your safety.3

1 KRS §§ 403.730(2)(a)(1); 403.740(1); see also the petition on the Kentucky Courts website
2 KRS § 403.740(1)
3 KRS § 403.761(1)