Health and Family Services Cabinet
State Web Site Features Domestic Violence Resources, Information
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 15, 2006) – New information on the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Web site is helping Kentuckians learn more about domestic violence and how they can recognize, prevent and treat it.
The cabinet’s Division of Protection and Permanency, part of the Department for Community Based Services, created the domestic violence awareness pages last month. They include safety suggestions, statistics that show the extent of the problem and helpful resources for victims.
“These Web pages are geared toward advocates who want to help stop the cycle of domestic violence and those already affected by the crime,” said Kimberly Baker, a specialist in the division’s Adult Safety Branch and one of the site’s authors.
Baker said victims living with their abusers must be careful.
“Abusers don’t want to get caught, and some may track their victims’ online activities,” she said. “The first thing visitors to our site will see is a warning asking them to browse only from a ‘safe’ computer. While we want domestic violence victims to be educated, getting that knowledge cannot come at the expense of safety.”
The site is the cabinet’s latest tool in fighting adult abuse. Another is its toll-free reporting hot line – (800) 752-6200.
“Reporting suspected domestic violence and related crimes is the law, and it can begin the process of healing for both the victim and the abuser,” Baker said.
The Web pages list the state’s treatment providers for offenders, shelter programs and victims’ advocates, as well as details on Kentucky’s law and how to file for protective orders.
Several links encourage teens, boys and girls not to tolerate abuse and offer ways to intervene and support when friends may be in dangerous relationships. Another section gives suggestions to parents who may have concerns regarding their teen-agers’ behavior.
“So many risky behaviors are associated with abuse,” Baker said. “Dating violence is a growing problem. “Young people have the power to break generational patterns and be part of the solution.”
Baker said the Web pages will be regularly updated with links to new resources and recent news on domestic violence.
Log on to the domestic violence page directly at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/dva.htm, or link to it from the cabinet’s home page, http://chfs.ky.gov/.
To report abuse, call (800) 752-6200. The state’s Spouse Abuse Shelter Hot Line is (800) 544-2022.
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