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Funding made available for Amanda's Law & Domestic Violence Program

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

On Thursday Congressman Ben Chandler and Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo announced federal funding that will help prevent domestic violence and help get victims back on their feet.

$825,000 is expected to go toward GPS monitoring devices for Amanda's Law. Amanda's Law allows the use of GPS monitoring devices for some domestic violence offenders.

Amanda Ross was shot outside her Lexington townhouse last year. Her former fiance, former state lawmaker Steve Nunn, is charged in the crime.

"This will not fix the problem, but I believe it's an important part of the solution," Congressman Ben Chandler said.

"I call upon the judiciary across this state to push for the implementation of these systems," says Speaker Greg Stumbo.

Officials say the funding will help help get the monitoring systems in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Amanda's Law was written and passed by the Kentucky General Assembly after Ross' murder.

Her mother, Diana Ross, says getting the GPS monitoring systems across the state is imperative.

"I don't want nobody to have to go through what I did," Diana Ross said. "Losing a daughter or son, it's very traumatic."

Diana Ross says her work to better protect domestic violence victims is not finished just yet.

The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program will also be given $325,000 to provide services and shelter to victims of domestic violence.

"Last year we served about 10,000 men, women, and children throughout our 17 county area," says Darlene Thomas, the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program.

The agency provides a place to go for those that need it where victims can be safe.

"All of us know someone who has suffered with intimate partner violence," says Darlene Thomas.

"I think a lot of times domestic violence issues are hidden. People are ashamed of them and they think it's lower income, uneducated people and that's not the case. It happens in all areas," says Diana Ross.

To reach the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program's 24 Hour Confidential Crisis Line, call 1-800-544-2022

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