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Mayor Announces New Emergency Program for Domestic Violence Victims - Security System Available for Women in Imminent Danger

Wednesday October 10, 2007

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
    Alicia Smiley     502-574-7761
    Allison Martin    502-575-1909

Mayor Jerry Abramson, Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White and representatives from the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council today announced a new emergency program for victims of domestic violence.

The city will make ADT security systems available to victims who are in immediate danger. The police department and the County Attorney's Office will work together to identify victims who are most at risk. The program is a part of this month's Keep Louisville Safe campaign, which focuses on domestic violence protection.

"This program has the potential to save lives and protect families in every corner of this community," Abramson said. "Women and children throughout Louisville will benefit from these security systems and gain comfort from the fact that they are not alone."

In order to receive the devices, women must meet criteria set up by the County Attorney's Domestic Violence Intake Center. When recipients are identified, ADT will provide the free home security systems.

"This new program is a true testament of what can be achieved if we partner the knowledge and power of our police department with the financial backing of a tremendous corporate partner," said White.

The security systems are part of ADT's AWARE (Abused Women's Active Response Emergency) program. Since 1992, ADT has offered the life-saving devices to victims in more than 160 communities across the nation. The program is credited with helping save the lives of 28 women.

"Domestic violence is an issue that affects families everyday in the court system - from divorces to child custody cases to felony assault charges, homicides and emergency protection orders," said Jefferson County Family Court Judge Jerry Bowles, chair of the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council. "I'm glad to have a new resource that can hopefully prevent tragedies before they reach my courtroom."

Representatives from ADT will detail the program and demonstrate the device to the media and members of the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council tomorrow, October 11 at 10 am in the Crown Room of the Jefferson County Judicial Center.

For information about the AWARE program, call 574-6336.

Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts to Keep Louisville Safe

The city donates all outdated cell phones to the Center for Women and Families. The cell phones are reprogrammed for 9-1-1 use only. Since the city launched the program in 2005, more than 1,200 cell phones have been donated for use by domestic violence survivors.

Last year in Louisville, police responded to nearly 2,500 domestic violence assaults and made over 1,300 arrests. Homicide detectives have already investigated eight domestic incidents in 2007 resulting in ten homicides.

Abramson and White also taped a public service announcement (PSA) about domestic violence prevention after the news conference. The PSA will air on Metro TV and Insight Cable.

Keep Louisville Safe is the city's public awareness campaign that encourages citizens to partner with police to help foster a safe community. The campaign features a different topic each month. Police give residents information about how to prevent crimes and how to engage to keep the community safe.

Since launching the program in May, authorities have focused efforts on elder abuse prevention, auto thefts, manufacturing of methamphetamines and safe driving.