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A McCracken County based program aimed at combating domestic violence received two grants totaling $750,000 dollars Monday. Governor Matt Bevin presented the Merryman House in Paducah with a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 to go towards their capital campaign. 

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Leadership Paducah recently made a record $42,200 donation to the Merryman House to go towards building an expanded campus and services. Director Mary Foley said "I was so unbelievably caught off guard. I'm not sure what I expected, but that exceeded my expectations." She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the gift, the progress on their new building and new opportunities to connect with the community. 

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A bill that would give victims of dating violence increased protections passed the House on Thursday evening.

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Attempts to win approval of dating violence legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could be bolstered by a new strategy.  Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Director Sherry Currens says lawmakers will be asked to consider creating a new section in Kentucky Revised Statutes for domestic partner dating violence. Currens says the domestic partner statutes pertaining to dating violence have been aired in the state capital numerous times. 

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In the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, a national study has named Tennessee the tenth worst state in terms of homicide against women.

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The Kentucky Justice Cabinet will distribute $2 million to organizations across the state to support survivors of domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

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Over the last three years, reports of domestic violence in Tennessee have decreased by 8 percent according to a new study from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Carmen Lowry's humanitarian work with the International Rescue Committee has recently taken her to Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan. Her focus is programming involving social change, empowerment, and addressing gender-based violence. She visits Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to speak about her work.

"You know, I think what really drives me in this work is this notion that we can really make a difference, that we can create a world where people are valued, a world where, in particular, women are valued, where we don't have that level of violence."

Domestic Violence Bill Passes Out of Committee

Jan 9, 2014

A bill filed that would expand domestic violence protection for unmarried couples in Kentucky has cleared committee and is headed for a vote before the full state House.

A recent study shows violence against women in Tennessee costs the state more than $880 million  annually.

The study was done by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and presented at a recent women's summit in Nashville.

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