Attorney General visits WKU; helps raise domestic violence awareness

Published: Oct. 3, 2018 at 5:31 PM CDT
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For the third year in a row, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear took the podium in Centennial Mall to speak on several topics. One in particular, domestic violence.

One in three women and one in four men in Kentucky will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.

"We can not only teach, but we can demand that people engage in healthy relationships," the AG said.

Beshear, along with the Barren River Area Safe Space, said domestic violence has an impact on college aged students as well, which is a big reason why he chooses to have a voice on Western's campus.

"When you look at who's at risk, most people don't know that young adults, especially, are at risk for domestic violence," Beshear said. "So, being here on the campus of WKU in Bowling Green is a great place to continue to push to change culture, to create healthy relationships and a safer Kentucky for everyone."

"People can walk up in an unobtrusive way and be able to ask us 'oh, so what do you do?' and 'my friend has a very abusive partner, what can I say to them?' and we are able to help them understand the resources available to them," said BRASS Executive Director, Tori Henninger.

To change the domestic violence culture, Beshear knows that changes at the capitol have to be made to prevent and protect victims.

"We have to look at where the gaps are and propose legislation, but most importantly we've got to pass legislation that is right," he said. "It can't be about being Democrats or Republicans or whose idea that it is, it has to be about what's right."

The Attorney General will be speaking at several different locations throughout the month of October, which is domestic violence awareness month.