Protection & Safety

We help people free themselves from violence and live happy independent lives. We represent victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in civil protective order procedures. In Kentucky, victims can represent themselves but much is at stake. We can help those who have experienced violence achieve maximum benefit under the law. This includes seeking supervised visitation to reduce the abuser's ability to control the victim through the children, custody, child support, and possession of the home, among other things.

Our attorneys and advocates provide high-quality legal representation to our clients in the following areas:


A domestic violence victim can seek an emergency protective order (EPO), which provides temporary protection from violence. EPOs do not require a hearing or any notice to the other party. 


A domestic violence order can be sought by a spouse or former spouse, someone who has a child in common with the other party, a parent, grandparent, a person residing in the same household, or on behalf of a child, stepchild or grandchild when there has been violence or the threat of violence, sexual assault or stalking.   

A DVO is issued if a judge determines that domestic violence has occurred and may again occur. A DVO is issued following a formal hearing.


An interpersonal protection order (IPO) can be sought by someone who has been subjected to dating violence or the threat of violence, sexual assault or stalking. If the person harmed is a minor, the IPO can be sought on their behalf by an adult. 

A IPO is issued following a formal hearing and is effective for up to three years. 


Please see our family law section to read more.


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Legal aid protects the rights of people living at or near poverty with legal problems such as:  housing, consumer, family and public benefits. We ensure access to justice for all people, including veterans, the elderly, those who are disabled and victims of domestic violence. You can call us to apply for assistance Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Calls are answered in the order they are received. You may also apply online by clicking "Apply For Help" below. 


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