Domestic Violence Resources


What is Domestic Violence?
Kentucky law defines domestic violence as physical injury, sexual abuse, assault, or the threat of these acts that take place between family members or members of an unmarried couple

Domestic violence is often thought of as a physical. However, it can take many forms.

Domestic violence is about one partner controlling the other through the use of force, verbal and emotional cruelty, isolation, sexual assualt, and number of other forms of abuse. Abuse is never the fault of the victim and cannot be controlled by the victim changing their behavior.


Common signs of a domestic violence relationship include:

  • Hits or injures you in any other way
  • Puts you down
  • Threatens to hurt your children or take them
  • Takes your money or Social Security Card
  • Threatens to harm or kill your pets
  • Refuses to let you have contact with friends or family
  • Calls or texts constantly to find out where you are and who you are with
  • Does not allow you access to phones or transportation
  • Pressures or forces you to commit unwanted sexual acts

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Safety Planning


Important News:
Legal Aid Society
recently launched the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (Background Information,
Fact Sheet), which provides free legal assistance to low-income women seeking a domestic violence order.

A new centralized Domestic Violence Intake Center officially opened October 15, 2009.

The new center allows victims of domestic violence to file for protective orders and criminal complaints in a single location at the same time in the Jefferson County Hall of Justice.

To learn more about Emergency Protective Orders (EPOs) and Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs) and the process of obtaining them, read this Domestic Violence Handbook.