More than 25,000 domestic violence civil cases were filed in Kentucky courts in 2018. That means that thousands of men and women were accused of committing violence against a family or household member.
Whether you have been rightly or wrongly charged with domestic violence, charges alone can have a permanent impact on your life. Even those accused and not convicted can lose jobs, relationships, and perhaps, their freedom. Regardless of the circumstances, you are entitled to the best defense possible against any claims of assault and domestic violence.
The attorneys at Bland & Birdwhistell, PLLC offer aggressive criminal defense to clients accused of perpetrating domestic violence. We provide comprehensive representation that is personalized for your unique situation. Don’t gamble with your future. Let us help. We proudly serve residents of Elizabethtown and surrounding communities including Radcliff, Shepherdsville, Bardstown, Brandenburg, Leitchfield, and Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Domestic Violence in Kentucky
Kentucky does not have specific laws regarding domestic violence. Instead, domestic violence is addressed under Kentucky statutes dealing with assault.
Domestic violence and abuse include infliction of, or imminent fear of, physical injury, serious physical injury, stalking, sexual abuse, strangulation, or assault between family members or members of an unmarried couple. Family members include spouse, former spouse, grandparent, grandchild, parent, child, stepchild, or any other person living in the same household as a child if the child is the alleged victim.
The alleged victim, or “petitioner,” may file for an emergency protective order which a judge can issue without hearing the accused’s side of the story. The order prohibits communication with the petitioner, committing further acts of abuse, damaging or destroying the petitioner’s property, coming within a certain distance of the petitioner ( as well as the petitioner’s child or household members), orders the accused to temporarily vacate their home if they reside with the petitioner, and awards temporary custody of children.