5th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets
Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, speaks during the press conference.More than 300 advocates and allies of KCSDV's 30 member programs descended upon the Kansas Statehouse in January to make their voices heard on behalf of victims of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. They participated in KCSDV's fifth annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets event.
The event included a press conference, training for advocates, visits with state legislators, and a public reception.
KCSDV laid out its legislative agenda during the press conference, voicing its support of amending the current stalking law and creating a mechanism to track domestic violence cases as they progress through the criminal justice system. Other press conference speakers were Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, and Bob Stephan, former Kansas attorney general and current chairman of the Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.
Bob Stephan, chairman of the Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, speaks during the press conference.
"What brings me here and what brings me to address the issue of stalking is a very sad case," Kelley said, referring to the stalking murder of 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm of Arkansas City in 2007. Kelley is sponsoring a bill to redefine stalking to make it easier for authorities to prosecute the crime. KCSDV supports Kelley's bill, which built upon the work of the Kansas Judicial Council.
For more information about KCSDV's legislative agenda, contact Sandy Barnett or Joyce Grover at 785-232-9784.
This year at the Safe Homes Safe Streets event, KCSDV partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, an event sponsor, to provide a briefing for businesses on domestic violence in the workplace. Marlou Wegener, Blue Cross' community relations manager, provided information on how businesses can develop a workplace policy that addresses victim safety, perpetrator accountability and worker safety. Sandy Barnett, KCSDV executive director and Eileen Doran, executive director of the YWCA Battered Women Task Force in Topeka, discussed what domestic violence looks like in a workplace environment.
Corporate track speakers were (from left to right): Marlou Wegener, community relations manager with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Sandy Barnett, executive director of KCSDV; and Eileen Doran, executive director of the YWCA Battered Women Task Force.