More than $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded to 30 agencies across Kentucky to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as well as to enhance victim services, according to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
The Bethany House, a domestic violence shelter in Somerset, serves the ten counties in the Lake Cumberland Area Development District and received more than $44,000 in funding. Funds are received from the Office on Violence Against Women, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Statistics show that on average, 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner in the United States, and in Kentucky more than 45 percent of women and 35 percent of men experience intimate partner physical violence or rape in their lifetimes.
For more information on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, visit www.justice.gov/ovw.