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State Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault appointed

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sharon K. Hilborn
502-564-9433
 


      Governor Ernie Fletcher recently announced the appointment of 36 members to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The council is authorized by law to promote coordination among state and local governments and private agencies to raise public awareness and reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The council also will work to assess the availability of local victim services, make policy and legislative recommendations and establish local councils and domestic violence and sexual assault response teams. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services provides funding for and administers the work of the council.

 “Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious problems facing our commonwealth,” Governor Fletcher said. “This council will play a significant role in developing innovative approaches to combat these problems by working to raise public awareness of domestic violence and supporting effective victim services and law enforcement response. I appreciate the willingness of the council members to serve in this capacity.”

According to the National Violence against Women Prevention Research Center, one out of nine women in Kentucky has been a victim of forcible rape sometime in her life. A study of domestic violence in Kentucky reveals one of every three women has been victimized by an intimate partner. 

Mark D. Birdwhistell, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said the members of the council offer the expertise, talent and insight to unite Kentuckians and raise the level of discussion and awareness of and progress toward finding ways to effectively stop domestic violence and sexual assault in Kentucky.

In addition to Birdwhistell, members of the council are:

  • Norman E. Arflack, Justice Cabinet secretary   
  • Clay M. Bishop, Clay County attorney   
  • Allen Brenzel, M.D., CHFS Department for Community Based Services 
  • Anita Capillo, director, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Lexington police
  • Chris Cohron, Warren County commonwealth attorney  
  • Sherry Currens, executive director of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association:
  • Steven Fisher, CHFS Department for Community Based Services 
  • Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington   
  • Lt. John Gensheimer, Lexington police   
  • Sara Gibson, Office of the Attorney General  
  • David Gutierrez, L.C.S.W., CHFS Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services
  • Craig Harrington, Office of the Governor  
  • Sharon Hilborn, Director, CHFS Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services
  • Lisa Holmes, president of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association 
  • Lisa Howard, Lexington, probation and parole officer  
  • Phyllis Konerman, president of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
  • Ernie Lewis, state public advocate   
  • Family Court Judge Jean C. Logue, 25th Circuit   
  • Judge Peter Macdonald, Hopkinsville (retired)   
  • Rep. Steve Nunn, R-Glasgow    
  • Lisa Phillips, Corbin    
  • Eileen Recktenwald, executive director of the Kentucky Programs Association of Sexual Assault
  • Marcia Roth, Mary Byron Foundation   
  • Kenneth D. Schwendeman, executive director of the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council
  • Judge Joan A. “Toni” Stringer, 30th District   
  • Greg Stumbo, attorney general   
  • Judge David A. Tapp, 23rd Circuit   
  • Darlene Thomas, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program  
  • Diane Thompson, Nelson County circuit clerk  
  • Sen. Elizabeth Tori, R-Radcliff    
  • Melinda Wheeler, director of the Administrative Offices of the Courts
  • Todd Wood Pulaski County sheriff   
  • Glenda Woods, executive director of the Commission on Women 

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Last Updated 8/17/2006