FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) partner agencies have received $ 1.4 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide abuse and domestic violence prevention services.
CHFS has asked advocacy organizations to receive the funding, which comes from Kentucky’s share of federal CARES Act resources. Targeted programs serve survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and have been financially impacted by their response to the coronavirus.
Gov. Andy Beshear said the funding would bring relief to agencies helping the most vulnerable Kentuckians.
“These agencies are at the service of survivors whose deep pain is amplified by this coronavirus,” he said. “This funding will go to the staff and services that are helping these Kentuckians heal during an inherently difficult time.”
Agencies receiving funding include the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky. Funding will go towards expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 emergency, including personal protection equipment and expenses to improve telecommunications services to customers.
CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander said these groups are long-standing partners of the cabinet who use best practice strategies in their advocacy.
“We know that these agencies provide full support to anyone affected by abuse,” he said. “The coronavirus has created a lot of uncertainty not only for abuse survivors, but for advocacy agencies who have seen limitations on staff, volunteers and fundraising. These funds help to solve this problem and give the power to alleviate the trauma of abuse. “
Department of Community Services (DCBS) Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub said funded agencies and DCBS have the same mission of protecting vulnerable individuals and families, and the services are needed more than ever.
“We know families and relationships have faced additional stress during COVID-19 – risk factors are magnified,” she said. “This funding helps strengthen access to programs that protect and uplift survivors of abuse and domestic violence and serve families and children living with domestic violence.
Miranda-Straub said the funded groups also provide valuable training to help recognize and prevent abuse.
For more information on DCBS and the agencies receiving funding, visit their websites: