DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

(Regional Victim Services Program Crisis Line 1-800-656-HOPE) (4673)

EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE ORDERS (EPO) CAN DIRECT THE ABUSER TO...

  • stop the abuse
  • vacate the residence
  • have no contact or communication
  • award petitioner temporary custody
  • restrain from disposing of or damaging property
  • other orders as needed to prevent domestic violence

AFTER A FULL HEARING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDERS (DVO) CAN ALSO...

  • award temporary custody
  • award temporary support
  • order counceling
  • other options the court believe will eliminate future acts of violence

If, after an order is issued, you need to change any of the terms established by the court, you must first return to District Court and file a petition for an amendment. Example: If in good faith you want to allwo the abuser to return home, but keep the other terms of protection (e.g. - no more abuse, destruction of property, attend counceling, child custody/support, etc.), you must furst return to District Court and file a petition for an amendment.

Any violation of these court orders may constitute Contempt of Court (KRS 403.760) or Violation of a Protective Order, a Class A misdemeanor (KRS 403). Any peace officer shall enforce the terms and conditions of these orders consistent with state law. If the violation occurs and law enforcement is not contacted, you must return to District Court and file a motion for violation of the order(s) or file a criminal complain for violation of the order with the county attorney.