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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...

KCADV successful Shop & Share fundraiser: $256,050 in donations to domestic violence shelters

The 11th Annual Shop & Share Fundraiser last month gave shoppers an opportunity to purchase and share necessary items with their local domestic violence program. Kentuckians supported 15 domestic violence programs with $296,050 in donated supplied and funds. All Kroger stores across Kentucky participate every year, as well as Food City, Super Dollar, and some IGA and Save-a-Lot stores. In all,...

Shop & Share: First Lady, Kroger kick off annual drive to benefit state’s survivors of domestic violence

First Lady Britainy Beshear, Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) staff and Kroger announced the kick-off of this year’s “Shop & Share” drive to benefit survivors of domestic violence at the Kroger on US-127 in Frankfort. Shop & Share is this Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. KCADV provides a list of the items most needed in their shelters in every grocery...

Rep. Joe Graviss, Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr recognized as ‘Champions of Justice’ for sexual assault victims

Recognizing their work to protect funding for critical services that they and other quasi-governmental agencies provide, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) have named state Rep. Joe Graviss and Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr as this year’s “Champions of Justice.” The awards were presented during the 21st annual Conference...

Microloans, financial guidance set Ky. domestic violence survivors on path to financial independence

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one survivor in Fayette County recalls how a microloan helped her get back on her feet after leaving an abusive marriage. Twenty-six-year-old Stacy says she initially used Facebook to reach out to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence for financial guidance. “I started a microloan because I had...

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence names Angela Yannelli as new Chief Executive Officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence has announced that Angela Yannelli is its new Chief Executive Officer. Yannelli, who worked at KCADV from 1997 to 2012, is returning after serving for seven years as a Senior Family Violence Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She has worked to end intimate partner violence for more than 22 years,...

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...

Kentuckians open their hearts, wallets to help abuse survivors through Shop and Share fundraiser

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Domestic-violence shelters throughout the Commonwealth have their hands full this month – but for a good reason. They’re busy sorting and distributing nearly $600,000 in food, personal products, gift cards and other items donated by Kentuckians during the “Shop and Share Fundraiser” that was held Feb. 2. The event is coordinated by the Kentucky...

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...

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...

Ky. Coalition Against Domestic Violence receives $20,000 for Economic Empowerment program

Verizon has made a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support its Economic Empowerment program. The funds will be used to support financial education classes, credit counseling, Individual Development Accounts, and microloans for survivors served by the state’s 15 regional domestic violence programs and state community college system. The program serves 2,600 participants...

Allstate Foundation awards $50,000 in grants to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Allstate Foundation awarded the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) $50,000 to support its nationally recognized Economic Empowerment Project this year. The Allstate Foundation and KCADV have partnered for 13 years to break the cycle of domestic violence through economic empowerment. Since 2015, the foundation has made grants of close to $1.2 million to KCADV and its member programs. Advocates...

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...

Allstate Foundation awards $50,000 in grants to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Allstate Foundation awarded the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) $50,000 to support its nationally recognized Economic Empowerment Project this year. The Allstate Foundation and KCADV have partnered for 13 years to break the cycle of domestic violence through economic empowerment. Since 2015, the foundation has made grants of close to $1.2 million to KCADV and its member programs. Advocates...

Ky Nonprofit Network honors member organizations, legislators and officials with advocacy awards

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented three member organizations, five legislators and eight officials with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 1. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s...

Prunty, Alvarado, Schroder honored with ‘Champions for Justice’ award at KASAP/KCADV conference

Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, Sen. Ralph Alvarado and Sen. Wil Schroder received the “Champions for Justice” Award for their legislative work on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Friday at the 19th Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference in Lexington. Rep. Gibbons Prunty (R-Greenville) and Sen. Alvarado (R-Winchester) were honored for their support...

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...

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

Kentucky domestic violence programs served 1,106 adults and children as of Sept. 14, 2016.  However, a significant number of requests for help – 47 – 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 eleventh National Census of Domestic Violence Services. ...

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...

2015 Shop & Share Day to be held Saturday, March 28, pushed back to avoid weather

  Kentuckians are encouraged to participate in the seventh annual Shop and Share day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence shelters across the state. The drive will be held at Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   In past years, Shop and Share has been held the Saturday before Super...