Protective Order Qualifications

Do I qualify for a protective order in Kentucky?

Each state has different requirements for getting a domestic violence protective order. Because its requirements for getting a protective order often prevent teens from having access to them, Kentucky received an F on the 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card conducted by Break the Cycle.

Relationship Requirements
In order to qualify for a protective order the abuser must:

  • be married to you or used to be married to you
  • be living with you or used to live with you
  • have a child with
  • be in your immediate family
  • be related to you by blood or marriage (to the 2nd degree)

Type of Abuse
A judge may issue you a protective order if your abuser has:

  • Physically abused you
  • Attempted to physically abuse you
  • Threatened to physically abuse you
  • Sexually abused you

Age Requirements
You must be 18 or older to file on your own. If you are under 18 and filing against a member of your family, you will need an adult family member to file for you. If you are under 18 and filing against someone who is not a family member, the law does not say who can file for you. It will be up to individual courts to decide whether you can get an order without your parent’s permission.

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