ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Power on Friday awarded a $30,000 American Electric Power Foundation grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to aid women in eastern Kentucky.
The grant will fund the organization’s Economic Empowerment Program.
The program’s goal is to support and empower domestic violence survivors, so they can establish financial stability and safety.
Statistics show one in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In Kentucky, 1 in 9 women has been a victim of rape.
“Domestic violence is complex and not always easy to recognize but we know it exists in our communities,” said Kentucky Power President Brett Mattison. “This grant will give those in need a helping hand to move forward with their lives when they are at their most vulnerable.”
Up to 3,200 domestic violence survivors in eastern Kentucky will receive assistance with access to financial education, emergency funds and matched savings accounts.
The coalition provides services through Safe Harbor (Ashland and four surrounding counties); LKLP Safe House (Hazard, Whitesburg and eight counties); Cumberland Valley DV Services (Pikeville, Paintsville and five counties); and Turning Point DV Services (Prestonsburg and five surrounding counties).
The services are free to all survivors of domestic violence without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation or handicap. Help is available with a 24-Hour Crisis Line 1-800-926-2150.