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BHMI recognizes that domestic violence is a complex problem and that physical and emotional abuse are serious obstacles to stable and healthy relationships. An important message to convey in all aspects of this initiative is that individuals involved in healthy relationships do not engage in violent, abusive, or coercive behavior.

We have designed a two-part protocol to ensure that domestic violence issues within families serviced by BHMI are safely, routinely, and consistently identified and appropriately addressed and that adequate supports and safeguards are in place for families dealing with domestic violence.

The first part of this protocol is a written document we distribute to our partners and those who lead marriage education workshops for us. It details the importance of being sensitive to issues of domestic violence when instructing marriage classes. It also provides guides for facilitators to attend to issues of violence that may arise through the course of the workshop(s). To read this document, please click here. Please note, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (C) to read this document. Also, you will not be able to print this document. If you would like to request a printed copy, please email Cristyn White at .

Along with this document, we produced a video to help people understand domestic violence and why those in violent situations might want to consider resources other than relationship education classes. To view this video, click one of the following links: [Low Bandwidth - High Bandwidth ]

If you or someone you know is experience violence in your relationship and would like immediate, confidential help, please call:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE (7299)

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program: 800.544.2022










Healthy Marriage Initiative
206 Scovell Hall
670 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506
Tel. 859.257.5527
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