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September 29, 2021

What can I do if I don't qualify for a protective order?

In 2016, Kentucky passed a new law that provides for an interpersonal protective order for victims of dating violence and abuse, stalking, or sexual assault.1  If you don’t qualify for a domestic violence order, you might qualify for an interpersonal protective order. 

Protective orders do not cover many types of emotional or mental abuse.  If you’re being mentally or emotionally abused,  please contact a domestic violence organization in your area for support and help.  Visit the KY Advocates and Shelters page for referrals.

Also, remember that the abuser’s actions may be considered a crime that can be report to law enforcement or for which you can file a criminal complaint at the district court clerk’s office in the county where the abuse occurred.  To see a list of common crimes in Kentucky, go to our Crimes page.

You can also visit our Safety Tips page for ways to increase your safety.

1 KRS § 756.030(1)

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