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Domestic violence is a crime without boundaries. It affects children, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities. It affects people from all walks of life and does not discriminate against, race, religion or economic class.

Statistics show that one of six women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. In the United States, a woman is physically assaulted every 15 seconds. Domestic violence is not just a family matter. It is a crime with serious and sometimes fatal consequences for the victim, children and the community.

The Division of Protection and Permanency encourages and supports collaborative approaches to helping all people who are or have been affected by domestic violence. It is our hope that this Web site will be a valuable resource to those who are trying to break the cycle of violence. Whether you are a victim of domestic violence, a friend or family member, an advocate or an abuser, information you need to find help is available here.

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Violence Prevention staff also work with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP), the University of Kentucky, and the Department for Public Health on a groundbreaking sexual violence prevention initiative.

This website was created by the Division of Protection and Permanency to increase awareness of domestic violence and your responsibility to report it. This site includes:

  • Lists of the various signs of abuse
  • Statistics that show the extent of the problem
  • News releases from both a state and national level
  • Resources that are available to help those affected by domestic violence
  • Safety planning suggestions
  • Phone numbers for district courts and victims advocates groups
  • Links to various Web sites addressing domestic violence

Hot Line Numbers

Child Abuse and Neglect

To report child abuse and neglect call toll-free any of the numbers listed below.
(877) 597-2331/(877) KYSAFE1 
(800) 752-6200
Report Online - non-emergency only
Monitored from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.  Reports will not be reviewed during evenings, weekends or state holidays. 
Report by Fax - non-emergency only

Call 911 in case of an emergency

VINE: The National Victim Notification Network

(800) 511-1670

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

Parent Helpline
(800)-CHILDREN
(859) 225-8879

Nations Sexual Assault Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

(800) 656-HOPE (4673) 
Calls are routed to local providers 24/7 or you can access RAINN services online.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
If you are unable to speak safely, visit the hotline online or text LOVEIS to (866) 331-9475.