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KDVA offering free tax help until April 17
 
KDVA's free tax preparation services are available to income-eligible families until April 17. To make an appointment, call 502 209--5382.
 
KDVA organized the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative (KASI), a statewide coalition of agencies and organizations seeking to empower low-and moderate- income Kentuckians through a variety of asset-building programs.  KASI's member organizations are committed to ensuring all families eligible for the Earned-Income Tax Credit (EITC) know about it and claim it. 
 
Volunteer tax preparers can help you understand which credits and deductions to claim.  A contribution to a non-profit organization, such as KDVA, is just one example of a tax deduction.  Please remember KDVA if you are considering making a donation with a portion of your refund.  Your gifts help support programs like the free tax- service and many others that help domestic violence survivors become economically self-sufficient.
 
You can make a donation by clicking the "Donate Now" button below.
 
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Arts and Activism:
KDVA is at it again!

In 2010, the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association added another project to its arts and activism resume. Funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, KDVA has created The Swallowtail Project.
 
The Swallowtail Project is a project that uses the power of writing and images to shed light on the lives of women who find themselves incarcerated across the state of Kentucky. The Swallowtail Project began in a federal women’s camp in Lexington, KY and is now holding writing workshops in the Fayette County Detention Center. Author, film maker, and poet, Bianca Spriggs and photographer, Angel Clark have been using their talents to bring forth stories of joy, pain, resilience, and survival from women who often go unseen. The Swallowtail Project intends to travel, gathering stories from other women’s correctional facilities and spreading them throughout the state and beyond. If you are a writer and would like more information about starting Swallowtail groups in your local jails or a prison or if you are a book lover and would like to donate books to the Project, contact KDVA at 502-209-5382.
 
The Swallowtail Project
(from the writer’s perspective)
by Bianca Spriggs
 
Over the years, I have enjoyed the timely influence of artistic families who nurtured and encouraged my voice as a burgeoning writer. Because of these communities, I grew in confidence and was afforded continued exposure to opportunities to grow my gifts.
 
When we began The Swallowtail Project, it was with the mindset to create a community of writers in an underserved population: incarcerated women. We wanted to give them the utensils that 
 



 
 
every beginning writer deserves: books and journals, yes, but more importantly, a supportive space to explore their own voices with the idea in mind that everyone has a story worth telling.
 
We also wanted to document this process and demonstrate the power and necessity of words over walls. So we brought on photographer and filmmaker, Angel Clark, who could capture the women at work excavating the stories that brought them to that facility.
 
It is our sincere hope to continue The Swallowtail Project throughout the state, bringing in guest authors, and eventually crafting a book that showcases the writing exercises and lessons we incorporate during the workshop, paired with writing samples from the women, and their portraits.
 
Ultimately, we hope that the spirit of The Swallowtail Project will inspire other writers and artists to use their abilities and seek out underserved populations of potential writers wherever they may be.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

April 22–28 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Each April since 1981, the Office for Victims of Crime has used one week of the month to call attention to and promote victims’ rights. It is also a time to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, Office of Victims Advocacy will be hosting its annual Victims Assistance Conference in Lousiville April 25-27. This FREE training opportunity will offer many sessions covering topics such as prevention, working with victims who have a disability, the ‘CSI’ effect on real life prosecutions, and domestic violence fatality review committees. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured speakers will be: Sharon D’Eusanio, a victim of a horrific crime that left her with a disability and a commitment to advocating and educating on behalf of all crime victims that have a disability; and, Wambui Bahati, a life long domestic violence advocate who brings a fresh and inspiring voice to her philosophy of ‘empowerment over domestic violence.’ Ms. D’Eusanio will also be speaking at the Kentucky 21st Annual Victims’ Rights day Event, which will be held from 5:30-7:00 in conjunction with the conference. The Event will be open to the public – location TBA. Register online for the conference at http://ag.ky.gov/criminal/victims/.
 

 
 
 
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