Office for Women
The Louisville Metro Office for Women (OFW) is housed within the Office of Resilience and Community Services. OFW focuses on advancing the status of women in our community through education, advocacy and legislation. We utilize collaboration, convene and engagement as vehicles to improve local gender equality and equity through the lens of intersectionality.
We work to ensure that women have the resources, information, and a quality of life that are necessary for self-determination and self-sufficieny. The broad focus of the OFW includes:
- Violence Against Women
- Human Trafficking
- Social and Economic Well-being
- Civic Engagement
OFW was founded in 1991. The Office's efforts have been instrumental in the implementation of policies, collaborations, and tools to improve the safety and well-being of women and their families. Among the successful outcomes of such collaborations are: The creation of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) which is now available in all but three states; the Trauma Informed Support (TIS) Project which includes OFW, LMPD and JCPS in an effort to identify children who have been exposed to domestic violence as early as possible after the trauma occurs.
Informational Brochures: Human Trafficking
Ms. Evelyn will turn 102 in July of 2020. She discusses her years as one of the first nurses in Jefferson County, KY; her activism for removing barriers for African-Americans, including the right to vote, which led to her being fired. This is the inaugural video of the "Do you remember your first time? Project" to capture stories of women about their voting for the first time. She is delightful!