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Legal Information: Kentucky

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 29, 2019

In what county do I file for the protective order?

You can file for an emergency protective order or a domestic violence order in the county where you live or a county to which you have fled in order to escape abuse.1 A petition can be filed in the district court, the circuit court, or in family court (if a family court has been established in your county).2

However, if you have left the home and want to keep the address where you are staying confidential, filing in that county would likely not be a good idea since it would alert the abuser to the fact that you are living in that county.

1 KRS § 403.725(2)
2 KRS § 403.725(6)(a)