domestic violence

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An average of 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. During this year's Domestic Abuse Awareness month, the Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah, KY is hosting a new dramatic play detailing the lives and stories of victims of interpersonal violence. Brenda J-Yasd, writer of the play, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming performance.

Hundreds of survivors of domestic violence have come through the doors of neurologist Glynnis Zieman's Phoenix clinic in the past three years.

"The domestic violence patients are the next chapter of brain injury," she says.

Zieman begins every new patient visit with a simple question: "What are the symptoms you hope I can help you with?"

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  A Bowling Green-based domestic violence shelter wants to empower women who are trying to land jobs in office settings.

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A Lexington behavioral health expert believes last weekend's mass shooting at a Texas church serves to exemplify the problems associated with domestic violence.

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Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said on Monday his cabinet is awarding nearly two million dollars in grants to applicants to combat violence against women. 

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  A new Kentucky law removes a barrier that victims of domestic violence often face when making the decision to leave their abuser. 

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A new Kentucky law removes a barrier that victims of domestic violence often face when making the decision to leave their abuser. Kentucky lawmakers this session passed a bill giving people with long-term protective orders the ability to terminate a rental lease with 30 days notice to their landlord.

In an effort to take advantage of the intimate relationships between stylists and their clients, a new law in Illinois will require salon professionals to receive training in domestic abuse-prevention as part of their licensing process.

The law, which goes into effect Sunday, aims to educate beauty professionals to recognize signs of abuse. But stylists won't be required to report violence, and are protected from any liability.

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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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