Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Regional Domestic Violence Fatality Review Trainings In Bowling Green & Lexington
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy today announced two regional training sessions for law enforcement on the current statistics and issues involving fatalities in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. The training sessions will be held at two locations next week. The first session will be on Monday, September 14, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. An additional session will be conducted on Wednesday, September 16, at the Fayette County Courthouse in Lexington.
The trainings are open to the media and designed to provide assistance for the reviewing of domestic violence related deaths, with the underlying objectives of preventing them in the future, preserving the safety of battered women, and holding accountable both the perpetrators of domestic violence and the multiple agencies and organizations that come into contact with the parties.
"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 nationally renowned experts, we can provide victims of domestic violence with knowledge and support that will prevent future abuse."
According to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women will be the victim of domestic violence in her 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 Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review, Dr. Neil Websdale of Arizona; senior consultant for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review, Matthew Dale of Montana; and Prescott City Police Chief Jerald Monahan of Arizona.
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.
It is also working to create domestic violence fatality review committees across the Commonwealth.
For more information about services offered by the Office of Victim's Advocacy, visit www.ag.ky.gov.