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KY domestic violence data project aims to improve services

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023   

An effort is underway in Kentucky to better collect and analyze domestic violence data, with the goal of improving the lives of survivors and their children, and preventing victimization.

While data from courts, law enforcement, and state protective services is helpful, it does not always paint an accurate picture or account for underreported cases and the effect on communities.

The group ZeroV said in the past five years, its regional shelter programs have provided safe havens and resources for more than 10,000 women and 6,000 children.

Angela Yannelli, CEO of ZeroV, said the data project is critical for connecting the dots to fully understand the issue in Kentucky.

"Concern for safety, injury, need for medical care, need for housing and victims advocacy services, legal services, contacting a crisis line and missing a day of work or school," Yannelli outlined. "These types of impacts are what is being measured."

The project is a partnership between several state agencies, ZeroV, and the Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center State data show in Kentucky, more than 45% of women and around 35% of men have experienced intimate partner violence.

Recent state legislation mandates the collection and analysis of domestic violence data, fatalities, shelter use and child abuse reports.

Yannelli called the project a jumping off point for ending domestic violence from a community health perspective, rather than a personal household issue.

"We can actually give good recommendations and best practices that are going to be trauma informed and are going to incorporate the views of survivors," Yannelli pointed out.

Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced the state was awarded $2 million from the federal Violence Against Women Act grant program. The funding will go toward law enforcement, prosecutors, victim services and state and local courts to support victims of sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence.

Disclosure: ZeroV contributes to our fund for reporting on Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Gun Violence Prevention, Housing/Homelessness, and Women's Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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