Attorney General Beshear calls for action to change Domestic Violence
October is taking on a new meaning as the state of Kentucky has named it National Domestic Violence Awareness month, in hopes to bring attention to change and to make neighborhoods safer. One of two women in Kentucky will be assaulted, which means you or someone you know has a 50% chance of getting assaulted in your lifetime. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says to change the amount of domestic violence there is, we must change the culture and way we handle domestic violence.
"We need to change the way we go about law enforcement, prosecution. We need to look at ourselves from top to bottom and say are we truly representing those who need us the most."
This awareness month is also to bring attention to the resources women have if they need to flee from dangerous situations, potentially saving their life.
"They can flee, and it will be more likely for them not to end up dead, as opposed to find their new path," Executive Director of Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS), Tori Henninger, tells us.
The cycle of abuse is hard to break, but these resources are there to help domestic violence victims every step of the way.
"If you are not ready to leave, or you have too many barriers to try to face right now , to be able to remove yourself from this violent situation, you can call us."
More than anything, Attorney Beshear wants to see a better tomorrow for people around the world and his own family.
"I have a 7-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son who deserve a better world to live in than the one we have right now."
Attorney General Beshear tells us that there will be a big announcement coming out this Wednesday, at 12 o'clock CST, surrounding Domestic Violence and the change he wants to see.