Domestic Violence

Special report: Fighting domestic violence in Kentucky

In the past three years, 49 Kentuckians have been killed by their husbands, boyfriends or former mates — victims of the ultimate form of domestic violence, according to a state advocacy group and news accounts.

Yet only seven of those victims had domestic-violence orders from the courts to protect themselves from their alleged abusers, according to a Courier-Journal review.

Advocates say there are a variety of reasons that battered women don't seek protective orders, including embarrassment and fear — and the perception that they don't work.

Domestic Violence: Observe the Signs, Speak the Signs, And Please Don't Ignore Them! by Fred Leland

As she spoke to me about what had just taken place, I noticed she was ashen gray almost pale in color mixed in with mascara and tinges of red marks around her neck and cheeks from the assault and attempt on her life that had just taken place. Through her uncontrollable crying I could not understand what she was saying. Eventually she was able to regain her composure and stated, “I think he would have killed me if were not for my five-year-old who jumped up, opened the hotel room door and ran and down the hall shouting for help.

First course walk against domestic violence a success

CHARLOTTE -- Tammy Wright cradled her squirming 22-month-old granddaughter Kyndall safely in her arms.

If only she could have done the same for her daughter, Brittany Bridges, who was murdered by Kyndall's father eight months ago. He committed suicide on the same day, which also happened to be his 25th birthday.

As she has dealt with the unimaginable heartbreak of losing her daughter, Wright has become an advocate for raising awareness of domestic violence. That's why Tuesday's outpouring of support was so important to her.

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