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COVID-19 Relief Funds awarded to service agencies for prevention of abuse, domestic violence

Three partner agencies of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have been awarded $1.4 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist with services that support prevention of abuse and domestic violence. CHFS requested the advocacy organizations receive the funding, which is from Kentucky’s portion of federal CARES Act resources. Targeted programs serve survivors of sexual...

Constance Alexander: Katerina Stoykova’s ‘Second Skin’ tackles the serious and sobering through poetry

“How Are You Feeling, Child?” is the question that haunts Katerina Stoykova’s newest book of poems, “Second Skin.” The three main characters in this collection – mother, father, child – are as tight as a clenched fist and as detached as severed limbs. Deeply embedded in the poems, domestic violence is not merely a metaphor, but a recurring horror in the life of the child whose mother...

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeking candidates for chief executive officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization located in Frankfort, Kentucky is seeking applications for a new Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer’s primary role is to provide leadership to KCADV staff and implement the organization’s vision and strategies for both the coalition and its 15 regional domestic violence programs. The Chief Executive...

Kentucky Senators Adams, McGarvey recognized for efforts supporting victims of domestic violence

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky advocates for sexual and domestic assault survivors are gathering in Lexington to reflect on their successes of the year, and examine what’s needed in the future. The three-day Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference wraps up today with special awards for people who have gone above and beyond to help victims. Executive Director of the...

Supreme Court highlights need for attorney volunteers, declares Oct. 21-27 Ky. Pro Bono Week

The Supreme Court wants to thank Kentucky attorneys who donate their time and expertise by proclaiming Oct. 21-27 as Kentucky Pro Bono Week. “One of the hallmarks of legal professionalism is a commitment to public service,” said Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. “Although Kentucky doesn’t have a pro bono requirement, Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct encourages all lawyers...

KCADV Purple Purse Challenge seeking support this month for emergency assistance programs

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service It can take more than courage to leave an abusive situation, as money concerns often prevent survivors of domestic violence from getting away from their abuser. And this month, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is asking folks across the Commonwealth to help raise money to provide emergency assistance for survivors of domestic abuse. A lack of financial...

Justice Secretary John Tilley announces $1.9 million available to fight violence against women

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced this week that $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. The application period officially opens Aug. 14. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky...

National census shows large demand, lack of resources for KY domestic violence programs

On September 13, 2017, Kentucky domestic violence programs served 962 adults and children.  However, a significant number of requests for help – 57 – went unmet because domestic violence agencies lacked the funding and staff to meet demand. The data comes from the release of the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s 12th National Census of Domestic Violence Services.  The...

Provocative play exploring real stories of Winchester features accompaniment by cellist Ben Sollee

It’s no small feat: playwright Margo Buchanan and the Leeds Center for the Arts Youth Advisory Board has written a play to show realities and hardships of life in Winchester. With the help of a What’s Your Ambition?! grant from The Greater Clark Foundation, they’ve worked with Buchanan and special guest musician Ben Sollee to draft “Outside Our Doors.” The documentary-style play invites...

KyCIR: Legislature to get a bill that would tightened laws around child marriage in Kentucky

By Eleanor Klibanoff Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Kentucky’s laws around child marriage would be tightened significantly under a new bill proposed by state Senator Julie Raque Adams, a Republican from Louisville. Under the bill, Kentucky minors would have to wait until they turn 18 to get married, except under certain circumstances when 17-year-olds could petition a judge for permission....

Andy Beshear: We must break silence about domestic violence — the victims are depending on us

The rate of domestic related violence in Kentucky is higher than the national average. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, in the United States, more than 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. In Kentucky, more than 37 percent of women and 31 percent of men are affected by...

Purple Purse Challenge to address emergency domestic violence needs of survivors across state

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) today launched the Purple Purse Challenge, a statewide fundraising campaign to provide emergency assistance for survivors of domestic violence. The governor’s announcement also kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The challenge raises funds for the Purple Purse Emergency Fund, which is available to survivors...

Beshear joins AGs to ask U.S. education officials to work with them on campus sex assault protections

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is among a group of state attorney’s general asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors...

Kentucky State Police employee receives recognition for helping reduce backlog of untested rape kits

A Kentucky State Police employee has been recognized by two advocacy groups for her work on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault victims throughout the state. Laura Sudkamp, director of the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory System, received a Champion for Justice Award from the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Inc. (KASAP) and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic...

Mike Denham: Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides chance for closer examination of issue

Each September, domestic violence-prevention programs across the country take part in a one-day census to illustrate what they and the victims they serve face at any given moment. The numbers are sobering. In 2015, the most recent year available, 40,000 people nationwide sought shelter during that 24-hour period and another 31,500 received non-residential assistance in such areas as the courts, childcare...

More than $2 million in grants available to fight violence against women

Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley announced that $2,094,866 in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. VAWA STOP funds may be used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services throughout Kentucky in cases involving violent crimes against women. John Tilley That includes domestic...

Commentary: Help fight domestic violence through HopeLine used mobile phone drive

By Jay Box and Sherry Currens Special to KyForward   The color purple is often used to portray power, nobility and luxury. But for thousands of individuals affected by domestic violence, purple represents much more than meets the eye. It represents hope, determination and an ongoing struggle to overcome challenges of domestic abuse. October is domestic violence awareness month and across the...

Sixth 'Shop and Share' day to benefit domestic violence shelters to be Super Bowl weekend

First Lady Jane Beshear, far right, visits a Northern Kentucky grocery for the 2013 Shop and Share day to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association. The 2014 Shop and Share Day is Saturday, Feb. 1, across the state at participating Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount stores. (Photo by Michael Monks)   First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate...