You are not alone
If you have been assaulted, threatened, stalked, or forced sexually by your partner, you may feel embarrassed, afraid, and overwhelmed. You may have many doubts about what to do and how to get help. There are many people in our community who believe you and want to help and support you. Supportive services in our community include assisting you in understanding and participating in the criminal justice system and responding to your emotional and physical needs. Victim advocates can assist you in choosing services that are right for you. Many of these services are available free of charge.
About this resource
This resource provides basic information about the court process in Fayette County relating to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking as well as information about community resources. We encourage you to read it slowly, a little at a time, and keep it with you as a reference. The information in this book is not meant to provide specific advice and should not be relied on in place of legal representation. This information is based on laws in effect in January 2018. However, remember that laws change. If you have questions about how the laws apply to your situation, seek the advice of an attorney.
About Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, & Stalking
Domestic or dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking are serious crimes. No one has the right to assault, threaten, stalk you, or force you to have unwanted sexual contact. You have the right to be protected. These crimes can happen to anyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or gender identity. These crimes occur in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, dating, or separated. If you think you are being abused, sexually assaulted, or stalked, but aren’t sure you qualify for services, speak with an advocate about your options.