Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Regional Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 31, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy announce a week-long training for 70 law enforcement and prosecutors on the current trends and issues involving crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault.  This conference will be held next week at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center in Gilbertsville, KY.  The Domestic Violence course will begin on August 3rd and conclude on August 5th.  The Sexual Assault course will begin on August 6th and conclude on August 7th.

This conference is open to the media and designed to enhance cooperation between law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the Commonwealth.  The conference will promote cooperation by police and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution stages of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  Conference training sessions will highlight topics including:

• Cold-cases
• Human trafficking
• Stalking
• Trauma-informed victim interviewing
• Drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault.
• Campus sexual assault

“I am pleased that my office provides the best trial training possible for our state’s domestic violence law enforcement partners,” said Attorney General Conway. “Learning from some of Kentucky’s most experienced attorneys and advocates and other nationally renowned experts, we can provide victims of domestic violence with the justice and support they deserve in the most efficient manner possible”.  
 
According to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime and more than three women are killed every day in the United States at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands.  Additionally, statistics show that five percent of men across the country have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a current or former partner or spouse.

Keynote speakers include Retired Nashville Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Mark Wynn, an internationally known consultant for federal and state agencies on domestic violence issues, retired Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Jim Markey, as well as Attorney Advisors from the organization AEquitas: the Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women.  This training is funded through a Violence Against Women Act Grant from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

General Conway’s Office of Victim’s Advocacy

Attorney General Conway’s Office of Victims Advocacy provided resource referrals to more than 7,900 victims, victim advocates, and victim service providers in 2014.  The Office also trained more than 700 victim advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement through various initiatives, including the annual Victims Assistance Conference.  The Office of Victims Advocacy continues to administer and monitor the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which funds child sexual abuse prevention programs and oversees the tax check-off and license plate projects for the Child Victims’ Trust Fund.

For more information about services offered by the Office of Victim’s Advocacy, visit www.ag.ky.gov.