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    Stretching the Heartstrings: Being a SANE Nurse

    Caring for victims in their darkest hour.

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Do you Know Your IX?

Our son leaves home this August for his first year in college, and the excitement around our house is palpable. A few weeks back the school sent a suggested packing list, and it mirrors similar lists that are being sent to the more than twenty million other students who will attend American colleges and universities…
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Finding Your Voice

Patti was a “good girl” born in the Leave it To Beaver and Father Knows Best era of perfect families where bad things didn’t happen and good girls never got angry or had any need to cry. Patti, who was a very good girl, remained silent and kept the secret about her years of childhood…
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June 29 big changes come with HB309

During the 2017 Kentucky legislative session, more than two dozen organizations, led by the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), supported legislation sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado that eliminated Kentucky’s mandatory domestic violence reporting requirement. Current law requires that “any person having reasonable cause to suspect that an adult (defined as victim of domestic violence) has…
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Why We March

One refrain that I and many others at The Center repeat when we offer trainings and speak to community members is that the Center for Women and Families is here for ALL survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault—that is, we’re here for people of ALL genders and ALL sexualities. Our banner on each…
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Stretching the Heartstrings: Being a SANE Nurse

  Over eight years ago, I started my career as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). I work with an amazing team of nurses who chose this specialty to be able work with victims of sexual assault to care for them medically and collect what is often referred to as the rape kit. It may…
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Why Laundry Pods?

In February of 2017 we had 34 new faces show up at our doors to begin living in our shelter at the Center for Women and Families. That’s 34 people who almost all do the same things when they get through our doors. They all sit with a staff member to go over paperwork, some…
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