Domestic Violence Petition

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This page contains information to help people stop abuse by the use of a Domestic Violence Order (DVO). We provide an on-line interview that can help you fill out your domestic violence petition. This interview asks you questions that are needed to properly fill out the Kentucky Domestic Violence Petition. At the end of the interview, you will be able to download the domestic violence petition forms with your information entered in the right places in the petition.

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More information about DVOs:


What is a DVO?

A DVO is a Domestic Violence Order. It is a special order from a judge that says that the person named as the abuser (in legal terms this person is called the respondant) has to stay away from you for a certain amount of time. Only a judge can issue a Domestic Violence Order.

To get a Domestic Violence Order, you must first fill out the right forms to ask the judge to make the order. These forms are called a Domestic Violence Petition. The request for the protection of the court and the police is not an order. It is just a request. You have to file the request with the court and the judge has to make an order.

Does a DVO fit my situation?

The domestic violence laws are very specific. They do not apply to everyone. They only apply to people who are in a close family or intimate relationship. A DVO may help you if the person who is abusing you is your spouse, your former spouse, a person that you have a child with, or someone that you are living with and are having sex with or someone you have lived with and had sex with.

If you are not living with the person who is abusing you, like the person is your boyfriend or girlfriend but you are not living together, a DVO is not the right choice for you. Instead you may want to go to the police or the county attorney's office and file criminal charges.

If you are living with the person who is abusing you, but you are not having sex with them, like a roommate, then the DVO is not the right choice for you. Instead you may want to go to the police or the county attorney's office and file criminal charges.

What information do I need to complete a DVO petition?

This checklist shows the information you need to fill out the petition. If you don't have all of the information right now or if you do not have the time to fill out the petition all the way, you can create an account for yourself on the website where the petition is hosted. This account allows you to work on part of the petition, save your answers, and come back to the petition again later.

Information needed about the abuser:

  • Full name (first, middle, and last)
  • Birth date, Social Security Number, Driver’s License Number
  • Height and weight
  • Current residence address (directions for rural areas)
  • Usual residence address (directions for rural areas)
  • Occupation
  • Employer’s name
  • Employer’s address
  • Was a weapon involved
  • Is the abuser believed to be armed and dangerous
  • Is there a pending divorce action, if so, the county and case number
  • Is there a pending custody action, if so, the county and case number

Information needed about you:

  • Full name (first, middle, and last)
  • Birth date
  • Current residence address (directions for rural areas)
  • Usual residence address (directions for rural areas)
  • Occupation
  • Employer’s name
  • Employer’s address

Information needed for each minor child:

  • Full name (first, middle, and last)
  • Birth date
  • Current residence address (directions for rural areas)
  • Usual residence address (directions for rural areas)

Information needed for requested orders:

  • If you want temporary child support, information regarding gross monthly income for you and the abuser.
  • If you want restrictions regarding visitation, describe the desired restrictions and the reasons for the restrictions.
  • If you temporary maintenance describe the amount you want and why that amount is necessary.
  • If you want the abuser to pay the rent/mortgage payments on your residence, name the landlord/mortgage company, the amount due and when the rent/mortgage must be paid.
  • If you want the abuser to maintain health insurance, not change any insurance policies, name the insurance companies.
  • If you want the abuser to pay utility bills (telephone, gas, electricity, water, etc) name the utility provider.
  • If you want the abuser to pay a credit card bill that you use for food, gasoline, etc., give you exclusive use of property (for example a car you use for transportation) name the credit card provider (Bank of America card # xxxxxxxxxxx-1234), and why you need to use the card.

Reviewed July 2010