2017 General Assembly: Mandatory Education and Referral Services for Domestic & Dating Violence Victims (HB 309)

 

The 2017 General Assembly passed legislation to dramatically change Kentucky's protective services system for cases of domestic violence. Prior to passage of this legislation, “any person” was statutorily mandated to report to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services any known or suspected cases of domestic violence.  The purpose of the new legislation was to remove the legal mandate to report to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services any known or suspected cases of domestic violence - - - replacing it with a requirement that "professionals" as defined by the legislation must educate victims and survivors about protective orders and give them information about regional domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers. These new duties apply to dating violence as well as domestic violence.  The new law became effective June 29, 2017. 

The links below provide background information on the legislation; a chart that compares the old to new law; a signed copy of the legislation (HB 309); a map of Kentucky's Domestic Violence Programs and Rape Crisis Centers; and a brochure on protective orders prepared by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

 

Mandatory Education/Referral Services: Description of HB 309

 

Mandatory Reporting to Mandatory Education/Referral: Comparison Chart

 

2017 HB 309 Signed Version (begins on section 3 of the bill)

 

Map of Kentucky Domestic Violence Programs and Rape Crisis Centers

 

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