Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

February 11, 2013

Plan calls for cultural change to end domestic violence

ASHLAND — If everyone makes it clear domestic violence will not be tolerated at any level, anytime or anywhere, the problem could someday become a thing of the past, according to the director at Safe Harbor.

Speaking to members of Ashland Rotary Monday, Safe Harbor Director Ann Perkins said the goal of ending domestic violence with the Green Dot Kentucky program is just as possible as historic efforts which sparked major attitude changes about things like smoking in public, or drinking and driving.

“Every person in this room has had some effect of domestic violence on their family or their friends” Perkins said, explaining Safe Harbor each year provides resources including emergency shelter as well as long-term housing for enough women and children to nearly fill the county’s new high school.  

 Perkins said a partnership with Girl Scouts was established early in the “Green Dot” project, which aims to promote “a very simplistic idea,” and cause change through individual and social means. A former smoker, Perkins said a few years ago she would have laughed at the idea of today’s laws prohibiting public smoking, as well as the economic changes resulting from elimination of the cash crop, and believes the same forces which brought those results can be applied to prevent domestic violence incidents.

“It was a cultural shift and that pretty much is what Green Dot is about,” she said, explaining the Green Dot plan calls for “zero tolerance” of domestic violence “in your home, in your neighborhood, in your church, at school and at work.”

Sharing the podium with Perkins during Monday’s Rotary meeting, Hope’s Place prevention director Mark Cole urged everyone in attendance to understand local rates for crimes including sexual acts against children are in line with national statistics.

“This is our community and we don’t let this happen in our community,” Cole said, urging individual action and attention. “Nobody wants to talk about things like sex abuse of a child but, as business leaders, we must take a stand.

“This is not New York or L.A. or the projects somewhere,” Cole continued. “This is happening here.”

With one of every four girls, and one in six boys reported as a victim of sexual abuse, Cole said the problem would cause immediate government action if it were instead an illness such as the flu.

Ashland Rotary president Vincenzo Fressola concluded the issue is well aligned with the club’s “peace through service” mission. For more information, contact Safe Harbor at (800) 926-2150 or (606) 329-9304; Hope’s Place at (866) 325-4737 or (606) 325-4737; or visit greendotky.com on the Internet.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 04/18/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    April 18, 2014

  • Bill3.jpg 'Dreams'

    It was in her own death that Donna Schoonover helped William Schoonover redefine his life.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • guyp-rodnew.jpg 'Uplifting people'

    The snow kept gospel singer Guy Penrod chilling a little longer than it should have this spring.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418star0024.jpg Raising the roof

    Leaks will soon be a thing of the past at Star Elementary School, where workers are busy putting up a new roof.
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire at Russell care facility

    A care facility for the elderly in Russell was temporarily evacuated following a fire in the kitchen Wednesday night.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Incumbent, newcomer vie for PVA position

    A longtime office-holder is facing a rare primary challenge in the Greenup County property valuation administrator race.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs: 4/18/14

    Inspections and roadway patching on Ky. 773’s twin bridges in Carter County will require daytime closures Wednesday and Thursday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Corps issues safety advice to boaters

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, reminds boaters the areas immediately upstream and downstream of navigation dams on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers have been designated as restricted areas. 

    April 17, 2014

  • Police beat: 4/18/14

    The following information was taken from Ashland Police Department reports:

    April 17, 2014

  • Lana Bellamy: Waking up America's youth: 4/18/14

    I once read a quote by a man saying the reason today’s youth do not have the same “spunk” as youth in the past is because they do not have inspiration.

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone