Domestic violence occurs in every society around the world. Over a million women in the United States alone are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner every year. Kentucky is not immune to this problem and continues to suffer with its share of domestic violence cases. There are resources available in Kentucky to assist victims of domestic violence and a legal system to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes.
Any person, whether a man or a woman, who is experiencing any form of domestic violence from an intimate partner should seek help as soon as possible. If a victim feels there is risk of injury, he or she should call 911 immediately and then seek assistance from a domestic violence shelter. In Kentucky, victims can get and Emergency Protective Order for 14 days until a court hearing takes place to hear the case. If evidence proves a victim is in danger, a Domestic Violence Order will take effect.
Domestic violence calls are taken very seriously by law enforcement in Kentucky. Once a victim obtains a protective order against the domestic violence offender, the offender must follow the conditions of the protective order or face being arrested and doing jail time. Protective orders usually include no communication with the petitioner; no more acts of violence or abuse; and staying away from petitioner’s work, school, residence. This order also applies to any children involved as well.
When reconciling with a domestic violence perpetrator is not possible, even after a separation period, a victim must take steps to completely break ties with him or her and move on with life. This step is not always easy and sometimes can be very complicated. In Kentucky, there are resources available to help victims recover and start a new life including trauma therapists and support groups. A Louisville divorce attorney can assist with protecting a victim’s interests during the divorce process.