Note: A dating relationship does not require sexual intimacy.However, the dating relationship must rise above mere casual fraternization in a business, educational, or social context.
These include the AOC-275.1 Protective Order Petition and the AOC-275.6 Motion to Amend Prior Order of Protection. You can also obtain copies of the protective order forms from the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each Kentucky county.
The most significant impact of the new law is its expansion of domestic violence protections to those who are in, or who have been in, a to mean “a relationship between individuals who have or have had a relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.” The definition specifically excludes “a casual acquaintanceship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.” In determining whether parties are or were in a , a judge is allowed to consider factors such as: declarations of romantic interest; whether the relationship was characterized by the expectation of affection; attendance at social outings together as a couple; the frequency and type of interaction between the persons, including whether the persons have been involved together over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship; and the length and recency of the relationship.
In addition, because judges are permitted to consider any other indicator that would lead a reasonable person to understand that a dating relationship existed, the range of potential factors is inevitably broad.
Kentucky’s General Assembly adopted a new set of laws (KRS Chapter 456) creating Interpersonal Protective Orders (IPOs), and developing a procedure for victims and courts to follow when an IPO is being sought.
The following describes, in basic terms, the provisions of the new law.