Kentucky law has long allowed a person who is the victim of “domestic violence” to seek a protective order. This order can require the “abuser” to vacate a shared residence, to have no contact with the “victim”, to restrict the places the abuser can visit and place the offender on a global positioning device. This protection has been available for many years to family members, members of a married or formerly married couple, members of an unmarried couple who currently live together or formerly lived together, or have a child in common. Recently, the Kentucky General Assembly expanded the definition of “members of an unmarried couple” to include people who are or have previously been in a dating relationship. The amended statute describes a “dating relationship” as one of “a romantic or intimate nature.”
Emergency Protection Orders are filed at the Kenton County Circuit Clerk's Domestic Violence office. 230 Madison Avenue, Covington KY 41011.
Click here to view qualification for seeking an EPO/IPO
If the Court issues an order of protection you should notify your employer/school and provide them a copy of the order. They will not otherwise be notified.
Emergency resources in Kenton County:
Kenton County Police
Kentucky State Police
Women's Crisis Center
24 hour crisis line
Kenton County District-Court Protective Orders
Cabinet for Families and Children
County Attorney's Office
Commonwealth Attorney's Office