Many of you may not be aware that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I honestly didn't know this tidbit until I received an email about it while at work last week. Considering the type of work I do and the information I am privy to because of it, this was cause for concern to me. If I work in an environment where I could see first hand the results of domestic violence and not know that this month was picked to be the month to raise awareness of this horrible crime, then how can I expect anyone else to know?
With this in mind, I felt that I should do my own part in reaching out to those who may need a helping hand. It's important to know where to go and who to turn to when the person you love is the one who is harming you - whether that means your lover, your parent, or even your child. You are not alone. There are many people in Lexington who are there just waiting to give you the help that you need. All you have to do is ask. Below, you will find the contact information for several facilities and hotlines. Please use them if you ever need to.
Child and Adult Abuse Hotline: 1-800-752-6200 or locally (859) 245-5258
Fayette County District Court (for Emergency Protection Orders and Domestic Violence Protection Orders): (859) 246-2248 or on nights, weekends, or holidays (859) 246-2228
Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program: 1-800-544-2022
Brenda Cowan Center: (859) 276-4457
KY Domestic Violence Association (KDVA): (502) 695-2444
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass: (859) 233-4556
If you suspect someone you know is the victim of abuse, you can call the Child and Adult Abuse Hotline to report it. Give them the information you have which leads to believe that abuse is going on and they will investigate the situation. Remember, abuse doesn't always come in the form of physical violence. Emotional and mental abuse and neglect are just as damaging to an individual of any age - and sometimes even more so than physical abuse.
Take a stand and don't become just another statistic.