Am I A Victim of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence includes physical injury, sexual abuse, assault, or threats to physically injury, sexually abuse or assault. Each victim of domestic violence has legal options and may request the court to issue a protective order which can limit or stop all contact with an abusive individual.
The respondent or abuser can be a spouse, ex-spouse, parent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, son/daughter-in-law, spouse's parent, spouse's grandparent, spouse’s brother, spouse's sister, members of an unmarried couple (and children of this couple), or individuals formerly or currently living together.
How Do I File Paperwork for Protection?
For our residents, petitions are filed in the circuit clerk's office, or current residence if you have fled domestic violence. You may file for your protection or the protection of your children. If you are younger than 18 years of age and not married, an adult family member may file the petition for you.
In the petition, you should describe the most recent act(s) of abuse and/or threatening behavior. Be certain to note any instances in which a weapon or dangerous instrument were used or threatened. Additionally, you should provide accurate home and work addresses of the respondent, so the order may be served.
Powell County Circuit Clerk's Office
Powell County Sheriff's Office
Stanton Police Department
Clay City Police Department
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Organization for Victim Assistance
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
DOD Safe Helpline
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
Battered Women’s Justice Project
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs