The Domestic Violence Intake Center (otherwise known as DVIC) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. It allows victims of domestic violence (whether married to the perpetrator or not) to file for civil emergency protective orders (EPOs) or interpersonal protective order (IPOs – for dating partners).
Domestic violence can occur to males and females, husbands and wives, children and adults. Domestic violence knows no economic or educational boundaries and is defined in many ways, not just by extreme violence. Threatening and controlling behavior, violence toward pets and destruction of property can all be considered forms of domestic violence.
The staff can identify the type of protection for which you are eligible and assist with asking the family court for that protection. Victim’s advocates are on staff to provide information about community resources and offer advice based on an assessment of the level of danger present in each situation. Visit the Center for Women and Families for sample resources. The center may also be able to assist with taking criminal complaints.
The center is generally located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice at 600 West Jefferson Street in downtown Louisville. However, operations are partially being moved to Bowman Field during certain hours (overnight and weekends)
For any questions, please call the center at (812) 302-0539 to learn about the resources available to you in your difficult situation, or visit https://kycourts.gov/courts/Jefferson/domesticviolence/Pages/default.aspx