Notice of Occupancy Rights Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and KRS 383.300/302

Documenting You Are or Have Been a Victim of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

KCADV can, but is not required to, ask you to provide documentation to “certify” that you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Such request from KCADV must be in writing, and KCADV must give you at least 14 business days (Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays do not count) from the day you receive the request to provide the documentation.  KCADV may, but does not have to, extend the deadline for the submission of documentation upon your request. It is your choice which of the following to submit if KCADV asks you to provide documentation that you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  

• A complete HUD-approved certification form given to you by KCADV with this notice, that documents an incident of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The form will ask for your name, the date, time, and location of the incident of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and a description of the incident. The certification form provides for including the name of the abuser or perpetrator if the name of the abuser or perpetrator is known and is safe to provide.        

• A record of a Federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local law enforcement agency, court, or administrative agency that documents the incident of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Examples of such records include police reports, protective orders, and restraining orders, among others.

• A statement, which you must sign, along with the signature of an employee, agent, or volunteer of a victim service provider, an attorney, a medical professional or a mental health professional (collectively, “professional”) from whom you sought assistance in addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or the effects of abuse, and with the professional selected by you attesting under penalty of perjury that they believe that the incident or incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking are grounds for protection.

• Any other statement or evidence that KCADV has agreed to accept.

If you fail or refuse to provide one of these documents within the 14 business days, KCADV does not have to provide you with the protections contained in this notice.