In the state of Kentucky, there is a mandatory reporting requirement of child abuse, neglect, and dependency. (KRS 620), along with, the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of adults who have a mental or physical disability and are unable to protect themselves from a predator; this might include an elderly citizen (KRS 209). These reports are usually reported to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. They in turn will investigate the report and if necessary get the proper authorities involved. Nevertheless, if the allegations are in fact true, they could result in criminal investigations, convictions, and imprisonment.
CHILDREN: Any individual who has reason to suspect a child is dependent, neglected, or abused must report this to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services of the state or local police, or the local prosecutor’s office.
Definition of child abuse and neglect and Domestic Violence
Child abuse and neglect are defined by Federal and State laws. At the State level, child abuse and neglect may be defined in both civil and criminal statutes. This publication presents civil definitions that determine the grounds for intervention by State child protective agencies.1 At the Federal level, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) has defined child abuse and neglect as "any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caregiver that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation, or an act or failure to act that presents an imminent risk of serious harm." To learn more about child abuse and neglect click here.
KENTUCKY CHILD. ABUSE and NEGLECT. HOTLINE. 1-877-597-2331.
SUSPECT IT? REPORT IT! 1-877-KYSAFE1.
What Is Domestic Abuse? Domestic abuse also called "domestic violence" or "intimate partner violence", can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can occur within a range of relationships including couples who are married, living together, or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or class Victims of domestic abuse may also include a child or other relative, or any other household member. Domestic abuse is typically manifested as a pattern of abusive behavior toward an intimate partner in a dating or family relationship, where the abuser exerts power and control over the victim. Domestic abuse can be mental, physical, economic, or sexual in nature. Incidents are rarely isolated and usually escalate in frequency and severity. Domestic abuse may culminate in serious physical injury or death. For more information, click here.
Mission statements – Restoring lives to a new normal through love and compassion for women and children who are survivors of abuse.
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Company confidentiality policies – The Rhema word Foundation is obligated to keep your personal information (i.e. name, address, phone number, etc.) secure, private, and confidential. We will not sell your information to third-party vendors., nor relay private information through email or telephone, unless given written permission by you to administer such personal information to receive additional resources from outside organizations/ foundations. In addition, we are required by law to report any suspected abuse, neglect, or dependancy to the proper authorities.
Green Dot Lextion and Safe Place – Rhema Word Foundation is a partner of the Green Dot Lexington to combat domestic violence and Safe Place for youth initiatives. Click here to learn more about Green Dot Lexington's mission and here for the Safe Place Program.
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