Lexington, Kentucky is a community that understands that time is often critical in keeping domestic violence victims safe. Two initiatives launched by the Fayette County Sheriff and Fayette County Circuit Court, electronic Emergency Protective Orders (e-EPO) and domestic violence order hope cards, aim to save lives when minutes matter.Accelerating the protective order process electronically. The first initiative, electronic Emergency Protective Orders, significantly reduces the time to create, review, authorize and enter protective orders into the system, according to Fayette County Sheriff, Kathy Witt. The signing judge is alerted to the EPO request via text and email. Connecting partner agencies electronically allows for temporary emergency protective orders to be granted within minutes rather than hours and respondents to be served more expeditiously.

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