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KDVA’s training program has been a key component of activities throughout the years. Staff makes every effort to respond to as many requests from partner organizations and programs that request training for staff throughout the year.
Each year, KDVA offers training to hundreds of advocates and service providers who come into contact with victims of domestic violence.  In 2011, KDVA provided training to over 600 professional service providers via 60 workshops and trainings.  So far, in 2012, KDVA staff has offered approximately 20 workshops. We also ensure that professionals who attend workshops receive credit from their respective boards for dedicating time to their continued education. 
We want your help to continue that tradition.  
This summer, we are busy contacting potential trainers and securing dates for the workshops that will be offered throughout 2013.  We will begin the process of asking the professional boards to approve each of the 10 workshops for Continuing Education credits.  Your donation this summer will ensure that KDVA can continue to provide quality training for professionals who work directly with families across the Commonwealth.  You can help us make sure that the Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Professional Art Therapists, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and the Interpreters for the Deaf / Hard of Hearing receive quality training regarding domestic violence will improve outcomes for the victims that they may encounter in their work.
KDVA works hard to ensure the accessibility of domestic violence services, including the trainings that we offer, but we need your help.  You can help us now by making a financial contribution to the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.  Your donation will help us continue to craft creative, effective, and inclusive responses to domestic violence in the Commonwealth.  Thank you for supporting KDVA.  
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Digital Storytelling at Bardstown High School
KDVA is proud to invite you to experience an integral piece of our new TEENS.talk programming: a sample of the final digital stories created by participants from Bardstown High School.  Stories created by participants in 2012 are available for viewing at PlaceStories, a website created to foster community storytelling and made available to us by our friends at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY.  Students in the first TEENS.talk sessions met over the course of 8 weeks, designed a mural for their school, and wrote compelling reflections on their experiences as teens that are now available for your viewing.

KDVA goes to Washington
Over one hundred advocates from domestic violence coalitions and shelters from 40 states assembled in Washington, D.C. in early June to meet with their members of Congress to discuss reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth was one of twenty Senators and Representatives to join the group at the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Congressional Breakfast.  Congressman Yarmouth’s message of strong support for VAWA reauthorization was well received by the advocates.  
VAWA, first authorized in 1994, created and supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  VAWA, administered by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, has dramatically changed federal, state, and local responses to these crimes. VAWA expired in 2011 and needs to be reauthorized to ensure continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws. VAWA has not only saved lives, it has also saved money.  In its first six years alone, VAWA saved taxpayers at least $12.6 billion in net averted social costs. A recent Kentucky study, conducted by Dr. T.K. Logan of the University of Kentucky, found that civil protection orders saved the Commonwealth $85 million in a single year. 

KDVA Assistant Director, Mary O'Doherty, with Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth at recent NNEDV Breakfast.
Pour Your Heart Out: An Awesome Art Show
KDVA invites you to join us on Saturday, July 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Village Branch Library in Lexington, KY to celebrate some of Lexington's STARS (Sisters Together Actively Reaching Their Suenos) for an evening of artwork and creativity.  We invite you to view the facebook event here. If you are interested in sharing some artwork for this fun evening, or in making a donation to The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association in honor of this evening, please contact Jessica Morgan, Prevention Coordinator, at jmorgan@kdva.org.  

KDVA member programs continue to contribute to growing free tax preparation efforts
During the 2012 tax season, nine of KDVA’s fifteen member programs were part of the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative’s (KASI) efforts to offer free tax filing and other self-sufficiency opportunities for low- to moderate-income taxpayers throughout the state. 
Free tax preparation sites that are part of KASI prepared more than 11,500 returns for Kentucky households earning less than $50,000.  These households received more than $18.5 million in state and federal refunds, including nearly $6.3 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit.  The economic impact of these refunds in Kentucky communities was estimated to be more than $27 million.  Free tax preparation was offered at 79 locations throughout Kentucky.
KASI is a group of six regional coalitions made up of agencies and organizations that offer a variety of economic self-sufficiency and asset-building programs built around free tax preparation and EITC outreach.  The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a major economic boost to households that qualify, yet the IRS estimates that up to 20% of eligible households don’t claim the credit.  KASI sites also offer an alternative to paid preparers and predatory tax-time financial products. KDVA  coordinates KASI with help from a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) grant from the IRS.
Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS) once again coordinated the Barren River Asset Building Coalition, preparing more than 1,700 returns.  BRASS, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Merryman House, and Safe Harbor all hosted sites at their shelters or in their communities, providing site managers and IRS tax preparers.  Bethany House, The Center for Women & Families, DOVES, LKLP, OASIS, and Women’s Crisis Center – Buffalo Trace all had certified preparers on staff to assist survivors and other lower-income community members.

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