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Beshear reports escalating trend going into winter; Stack says ‘we must choose different behaviors’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 543 cases of COVID-19 and five deaths, bringing Kentucky’s totals to 73,158 cases and 1,213 deaths. Sixty-nine of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which nine were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 1 month old. Fayette County reported 173 new cases. “If the current trends continue, it will be a difficult fall and a...

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...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Don't wait for cases of high-profile abuse to speak out against it

Understanding the barriers victims of abuse face is the first step to helping end the abuse. (Photo provided)   By Curtis Bethel Special to KyForward   Everyone knows about high-profile intimate partner violence such as when Chris Brown hit Rihanna or the recent video showing NFL running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée, now his wife, in an elevator. What people never know about are...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Most HR departments need help dealing with abuse in or out of work

  The effects of intimate partner abuse often extend to the workplace. Consider real stories from the Society of Human Resource Management:   • Shirley was shot 13 times by her ex-husband on the way to work.   • Delia and her co-worker were shot to death by Delia’s estranged husband.   • John had just arrived at work when a woman he had been dating shot him...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Build awareness of domestic abuse with letters to the editors

(Photo from GreenHouse17)   Intimate partner violence happens in every community and neighborhood, but sometimes we don’t hear about the issue in the news until the police are involved or the victim is harmed. Writing a letter is one way to build awareness.   Writing a letter to the editor of the paper or the neighborhood association newsletter puts the issue in front of community leaders...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Honestly ask yourselfif your behavior at work, home is abuse-free

  By Dan Schlachter Special to KyForward   We often perform our daily habits without thinking about them. We get so caught up in the endless distractions and stresses of life that we rarely examine our own behaviors. If abuse among intimate partners is to stop, we all need to look closely at our words and our actions.   This is daily tip No. 13 from GreenHouse17. The Lexington-based...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Young people need help defining relationships as healthy or unhealthy

  Emotional violence in a dating relationship can be difficult to define whether it’s happening to you or to someone else, but can be dangerous nonetheless. GreenHouse17’s tip today is to recognize emotional abuse and get out of a bad relationship safely before the abuse turns physical.   GreenHouse17, a shelter in Lexington for intimate partner abuse victims and their families,...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Follow organizations, people working to end domestic violence

(Photo from GreenHouse17)   Staying current on the issues affecting survivors of intimate partner abuse is one way to help end intimate partner abuse. It’s No. 9 in the #17 Days #17 Ways campaign of GreenHouse17 running through Oct. 17.   GreenHouse17 is a Lexington-based shelter for abuse victims and their families. It’s providing a daily tip to help end domestic abuse during...

#17 Days #17 Ways: GreenHouse17 suggests 'Read. Listen. Watch' to learn about abuse

(Photo from GreenHouse17)   We tell stories to process our own experiences, sympathize with the experiences of others and find common understanding in shared experiences. Choosing to read, watch and listen to stories about intimate partner violence is one way you can help.   This is daily tip eight in the #17 Days #17 Ways campaign by GreenHouse17 running through Oct. 17. GreenHouse17 is...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Dating violence victims have civil protections everywhere but here

(Photo from GreenHouse17)   Kentucky stands out on this map, and it’s not for good reason. Every state in red or pink offers some kind of civil protection for victims of dating violence who have not lived with or had a child with the abuser. Except Kentucky.   GreenHouse17’s shelter for victims of intimate partner abuse and their families is posting a different way to help victims...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Lexington now has a way to shelter families and their pets together

By Curtis Bethel Special to KyForward   Far too often, the most difficult step for victims of intimate partner abuse is leaving parts of their life behind to establish safety. Sometimes this includes their beloved pets.   (Photo from Sheltering Animals and Families Together) The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports more than two-thirds of victims say their batterer had harmed...

#17 Days #17 Ways: Speak up when victimsof domestic violence are said to deserve it

Beverly Gooden, creator of #WhyIStayed campaign, discusses on CNN the problem when people automatically ask, “Why does she stay?” instead of asking, “Why did he hit her?” (Photo from YouTube/CNN)   People say things like “It takes two to tango” or “They’re just having a lovers’ quarrel.” That’s perfectly fine if they’re discussing...

#17 Days #17 Ways: GreenHouse17 tip – think how you'll respond to abuse before it happens

Domestic abuse victim J. Ocasio tells her story on a video in this story and suggests that the issue is not a private one or just a family matter. Read more below. (Photo from YouTube/GreenHouse 17)   Day Two of the 17 Days. 17 Ways. campaign to end intimate partner abuse by GreenHouse17 involves thinking beforehand about how you would respond to hearing about or witnessing an act of violence.   The...

#17 Days #17 Ways: GreenHouse17 shares daily tips to end national domestic violence

According to the National Council Against Domestic Violence, almost one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by intimate partners. (Photo from GreenHouse17)   Recent events in the NFL have put the subject of intimate partner abuse, often referred to as domestic violence, back on the front burner of public discourse and Lexington’s GreenHouse17 is joining the...