Violence and Prevention


What is Domestic Violence?
Kentucky law defines domestic violence as physical injury, sexual abuse, assault, or the threat of these acts that take place between family members or members of an unmarried couple

Domestic violence is often thought of as a physical. However, it can take many forms.

Domestic violence is about one partner controlling the other through the use of force, verbal and emotional cruelty, isolation, sexual assault, and number of other forms of abuse. Abuse is never the fault of the victim and cannot be controlled by the victim changing their behavior.

Certain protections and services are available to assist victims of domestic violence.

  • Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs) - All EPOs and Criminal Complaints are filed at a centralized intake center 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The center is located in the Hall of Justice at 600 W. Jefferson Street. You can contact the center at 595-0853.
  • If you are in abusive relationship or have recently left an abusive relationship, you need to make a safety plan to help protect you from your abuser. A good safety plan can help protect you in your home, at school, at work, and on your daily routes to and from. A safety plan can help protect you from violent episodes if you are not yet leaving the relationship and can help make leaving your partner safer when you are ready to do so.
  • If you fear for your safety or the safety of your children, go to a friend’s a relative’s, a neighbor’s, or to a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The Center for Women and Families provides emergency shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Louisville and the surrounding area.

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