The CommonHealth of Kentucky

A 13-part KET production aimed at improving the health of all Kentuckians by sharing health and wellness projects from across the state that are succeeding in making their communities healthier.

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a project of KET’s Be Well Kentucky initiative

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The CommonHealth of Kentucky is a 2005 KET production. Produced in partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Program 7

Surviving Violence

Featured Projects:

Domestic violence is a sad reality in nearly every community. But there are ways to decrease the number of cases of neglect and abuse, increase reporting of existing abuse, and support the victims:

The Appalachian Violence Outreach Network serves women in Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties who have survived interpersonal violence or traumatic stress. AVON works to find victims of abuse who have not come forward by employing wellness coordinators at local health departments who screen their clients. Women who are at risk are identified and linked with resources where they can get help.

Hardin County’s Advocacy and Support Center is a combination rape crisis and child advocacy center that helps victims of violence get a new start in life through crisis counseling, information and referral services, medical support, therapy, victim advocacy, community education, training, and consultation. The center is the only one in Kentucky to combine its rape crisis and child advocacy center. Combining programs allows the center to work with victims over a lifetime of recovery.

This edition of The CommonHealth of Kentucky also spotlights efforts by schools—and parents—to prevent sexual abuse and eliminate bullying.

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