Are you in an abusive relationship and need help? Call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-544-2022.
Domestic Violence is abusive or coercive behavior used to control an intimate partner such as: Physical violence (beating, slapping), sexual abuse/violence (rape), psychological and emotional abuse, or verbal abuse (bullying). Domestic Violence occurs in current or former dating, married or cohabiting relationships.
If you are a victim, see that you and your children are safe. You can call Green House 17 shelter at 1-800-544-2022 or call the police for protection (258-3600). Contacting the police does not force you into a criminal prosecution. An abuser can be arrested without a warrant. Get medical attention, records and photos of your injuries. You can file a criminal complaint and/or petition for a Domestic Violence Protective Order through:
Fayette District Court
150 North Limestone
Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Lexington Police has specially trained detectives and certified specialists to conduct sexual assault investigations. Victim care is a top priority. A detective, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and volunteer advocate from Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center respond to victims. The SANE nurse performs the examination for sexual assault victims 14 years of age and above at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Emergency Department. A private room with state-of-the-art equipment is reserved for this exclusive purpose. Also, a Victim Advocate is assigned to assist in navigating the criminal justice process with the victim.
Victim Advocates provide and coordinate services for victims who have suffered emotional, physical, or financial hardship as a result of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault. Services may include: Emergency shelter, safety planning, clothing, food, referrals to additional agencies, assistance obtaining Orders of Protection from the courts, and keeping victims informed while their case navigates through the legal system. Advocates provide victims with services that are dignified, respectful, courteous, and sensitive.
Stalking is directed at a specific person or persons with the intent to seriously alarm, annoy, intimidate, or harass the person, causing them fear of sexual assault, physical injury or death.
Elder and Mental Abuse Unit
Unit investigates reports of physical or mental abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older persons. Assistance is provided against maltreatment, referrals to mental health and medical professionals, as well as victim's advocates.
Report abuse to Adult Protection Services at:
(859) 245-7136 or Lexington Police at (859) 258-3700.
Crimes Against Children Unit
The unit investigates the physical and sexual abuse of children, crimes involving a child victim, and missing persons who are under the age of 18. If you know or suspect child abuse or neglect, call the child protection agency 24-hour hotline at (859) 245-5258. Outside Fayette County call 1-800-752-6200. Your report can be anonymous.
Detectives also investigate Internet crimes involving children. These may include: Cyber bullying, solicitation of a minor to do inappropriate acts, social media crime, photo posting, or text threats.