Award honors innovative programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26, 2014) — The Jefferson County Domestic Violence Intake Center has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. The awards honor top county government programs that are innovative and enhance services for their residents.
The DVIC, located in downtown Louisville, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist victims of domestic violence.
It consolidated locations and expanded its services in 2009 in an effort to make it easier for victims to receive emergency protection. In 2010, the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk launched e-EPO, an innovative electronic system designed to expedite the issuance of domestic violence emergency protection orders (EPOs). The DVIC provides service to approximately 5,000 victims per year.
The center takes both civil EPOs and criminal complaints. Domestic violence can occur to men, women, children and the elderly. Domestic violence knows no economic or educational boundaries and is defined in many ways, not just by extreme violence. Threatening and controlling behavior, violence toward pets and destruction of property can all be considered forms of domestic violence.