Kentucky’s new data collection law will track and report statewide domestic violence-related homicides and DV-related crimes

KCADV’s mission is to end domestic violence in Kentucky.

Previously, Kentucky did not require or regulate statewide collection and reporting of domestic violence crimes.

FRANKFORT, KY, USA, May 6, 2022 / — The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) celebrates the passage and passage of SB271, the state’s first data collection law to robustly capture and report critical data related to domestic violence. violent crimes in Kentucky.

Sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, the law outlines a coordinated data collection process among key state agencies that will result in the release of an annual report.

Prior to April 20, 2022, when Governor Beshear signed into law SB271, Kentucky was one of the few states with no formal obligation to compile and share DV-related data nationwide. state, which has resulted in difficult information gaps that service providers and legislators need to better serve survivors.

“Without reliable access to timely reporting of statewide domestic violence data, we have missed key pieces of the story of domestic violence in Kentucky,” says Angela Yannelli, CEO of KCADV.

So far, KCADV’s most reliable source of data has been its member programs – 15 regional domestic violence shelters that collect and report data – but KCADV’s internal reporting is limited to the number of survivors housed and the number support services rendered, such as crisis intervention, legal defense services, and counseling and support groups.

The new law expands statewide coordinated data collection sources to include the Kentucky State Police, Courts Administrative Office, State Medical Examiner’s Office and Coroners’ Office. of the state and directs the Criminal Justice Analysis Center to compile and publish an annual report.

“The importance of collecting information on domestic violence homicides, specifically, through a coordinated statewide effort is significant not only because it will yield a more accurate and complete report of the crime of domestic violence “, says Yannelli, “but also because it allows the community to pronounce the names of those who lost their lives and left behind their families and often young children.

For years, KCADV has been forced to rely on media accounts of homicides and information gathered from local shelters for victims of domestic violence to develop its annual Speak My Name list of victims who have lost their lives. because of domestic violence every year.

“Capturing this data is only part of a coordinated response to end domestic violence, especially since we know domestic violence is underreported,” Yannelli says. “We must be able to apply best practices and primary prevention strategies if we are truly going to create a violence-free Kentucky.”

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