U.S. Attorney's Office for Western District of Kentucky Celebrates Funding Announced During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky
Louisville, KY – The Department of Justice joined survivors, victim service providers, advocates, and communities nationwide as it recognized October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (“DVAM”). This was a time to center the experiences of survivors; to honor those who lost their lives to domestic violence; to express gratitude to the countless individuals in the movement to end violence; and to raise awareness on the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. As its monthlong observance of DVAM ends, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky is proud to announce that the Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (“OVW”) awarded $782,036 to organizations working in Western Kentucky to bolster coordinated community responses aimed at bringing an end to domestic violence, as well as sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
Data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey indicate about 41% of women and 26% of men experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported an intimate partner violence-related impact during their lifetime. Domestic violence rates are even higher for American Indian and Alaska Native populations, Black individuals, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ individuals.
The announced OVW grants will reach Tribal nations, historically marginalized communities, underserved communities, college and university campuses, rural towns, culturally specific communities, and more. The funding prioritizes increasing access to justice, improving survivor safety, holding perpetrators accountable, and offering training and technical support to professionals addressing these crimes.
Specifically, organizations providing services for survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the Western District of Kentucky received the following funds for the 2023 fiscal year:
OVW awarded $340,618 to two Western Kentucky organizations under the State and Territory Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program to enhance the coordination between courts, child protective services agencies, advocates, law enforcement, and community programs to encourage trauma-informed, survivor-centered responses to domestic violence and sexual assault. Under this initiative, ZeroV, Inc., formerly the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, received $108,034, and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs received $232,584. These organizations provide support for programs and shelters across Kentucky, including locations in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Paducah, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, and Somerset.
OVW awarded $441,418 to Women Aware, Inc., a non-profit in Paducah, Kentucky, under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Transitional Housing Program) to provide 6 to 24 months of transitional housing or housing assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
Western District of Kentucky U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett stated, “I am thrilled to share these funding awards from the Office on Violence Against Women which benefit organizations and service providers advocating for victims and helping survivors throughout the Western District of Kentucky escape abuse, heal from trauma, and rebuild their lives. These awards will support their ongoing commitment to providing essential services in our communities and empowering survivors and their families to realize a life free from abuse.”
“Every day, a vast network of dedicated individuals helps domestic violence survivors access multiple pathways to safety, justice, and healing,” said OVW Director Rosie Hidalgo. “OVW understands that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing domestic violence. These funds will enable communities to increase capacity and strengthen a coordinated community approach to prevent and address violence in more comprehensive ways tailored to their communities. Together, with our grantees, we are building a future where individuals and families can live and thrive without the threat of intimate partner violence.”
OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence through implementing the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities nationwide that are developing programs, policies, and practices to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at www.justice.gov/ovw.
Updated October 31, 2023