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The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association has worked tirelessly for over 30 years to create awareness and help combat domestic violence in the Commonwealth.  This summer, we are launching our first-ever fundraising “Keep Summer Safe” campaign starting today, June 5th, 2012 through August 31st, 2012.  Our goal is to raise $7,500 over the course of the summer while also sharing the work that KDVA undertakes with our community partners and supporters.  You can also look for our public appreciation of donors' support in our September 2012 newsletter, which reaches approximately 5,000 people.  
A little about KDVA generally: KDVA coordinates an annual Violence Against Women conference, administers state and federal funds that go to Kentucky's fifteen domestic violence programs, provides training, maintains a Clearinghouse on domestic violence, responds to local, state, and national inquiries relating to domestic violence, advocates for state legislative initiatives to increase protection to domestic violence victims and their dependent children, operates a Certification Program for all domestic violence program staff requiring 30 hours of classroom instruction, works with national domestic violence and victim's organizations, and provides legal assistance to domestic violence program and attorneys representing domestic violence victims. Look for highlights about some of the specific projects that KDVA operates throughout the summer.  We look forward to sharing with you a comprehensive view of KDVA's advocacy across the Commonwealth.
Thank you so much for considering making a financial gift to the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association and for taking the time to learn about us.  Your tax-deductible gift will allow our staff to continue to provide support to domestic violence programs and victims directly. Click here to donate now.
KDVA Staff

What's new with TEENS.talk?
TEENS.talk is KDVA’s new workshop series for high school students, and we’ve just completed a successful run of the program at Bardstown High School in partnership with legal advocate Shona Sheckles from SpringHaven, inc.  Students in the program completed six weeks of workshops on healthy relationships, technology safety and benefits, teen culture, and social change. After the workshops, they created a social change project to benefit their community. 
The students designed a survey and distributed it throughout their school, asking their fellow classmates to share one word that represented what high school meant to them.  With the data the students created a mural, incorporating the words into the stripes of tigers, the school’s mascot.
After finishing the painting, the students worked with staff from Appalshop to create digital stories about their experiences with social change—incorporating their own writing with images of their communities and families.  Digital storytelling is an exciting way to collect experiences from kids in your community—and Bardstown High School students’ stories will be available for viewing in a few weeks.  We will be sure to let you know when they are ready!


This program is adaptable to 1-2 day workshops, weeklong camps, or can be stretched out over an entire school year.  We are currently doing the program with STARS, a group of teen girls in Lexington, and have plans to implement the program at Hazard High School in the fall.  For more information about TEENS.talk and how to bring this program to your community please contact Jessica Morgan, Prevention Coordinator, at  jmorgan@kdva.org.

Amendments to child abuse reporting law go into effect in July
Legislation passed in the 2012 regular session expands the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect beyond just that perpetrated by a parent, guardian or other person exercising custodial control or supervision of a child. This amendment will go into effect on July 15, 2012. HB 519 protects children from abuse by authority figures by:
1)   expanding the mandatory abuse reporting laws to require reporting all cases of known or suspected abuse by a person in a position of authority or special trust and all sexual abuse where the victim is less than 16 years old and the perpetrator is over 21;
2)   amending Rape & Sodomy laws to protect 16 & 17 year old minors from predators who are in positions of authority or special trust; and,
3)   amending the incest law to include step-grandparents, uncles and aunts.


"Position of authority" means but is not limited to the position occupied by a biological parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, foster parent, relative, household member, adult youth leader, recreational staff, or volunteer who is an adult, adult athletic manager, adult coach, teacher, classified school employee, certified school employee, counselor, staff, or volunteer for either a residential treatment facility, a holding facility as defined in KRS 600.020, or a detention facility as defined in KRS 520.010(4), staff or volunteer with a youth services organization, religious leader, health-care provider, or employer; "Position of special trust" means a position occupied by a person in a position of authority who by reason of that position is able to exercise undue influence over the minor. (KRS 532.045)
For additional information about these changes please contact Mary Savage, Legal Counsel, KDVA, (502) 209-5382.

Resource Review
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is a nationwide, randomly selected and self-reported questionnaire administered annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The information is national, as well as aggregated by territory, tribal land, and state.
The survey monitors behaviors in teens that can contribute to injury or violence, including sexual behaviors, healthy relationship behaviors, driver and passenger behaviors, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors and inadequate physical activity.  This survey is a useful tool for trainings, when talking with community leaders, or while writing grants about the importance of teen dating violence prevention programming in your communities.
According to Kentucky’s 2011 YRBSS, 14.3% of our high school students reported being hit, slapped, or hurt by their girlfriend or boyfriend within the 30 days before the survey.  Of this same sample, 8.4% didn’t go to school at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey because they didn’t feel safe, 18.9% had been bullied at school, and 17.4% had been bullied electronically by classmates. 
These numbers tell us that there is work to be done to increase the safety of our high school students, and to reduce their risks for injury and violence. Teen dating violence is a complicated issue with no one single solution, and with data from Kentucky’s YRBSS we can see places where there is room for more creativity and more programming in our communities.   For more information about what KDVA is doing for teens in the Commonwealth, or with questions and ideas, please contact Jessica Morgan at jmorgan@kdva.org.
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