40th Anniversary

KCSDV 40th Anniversary

K C S D V 40th Anniversary logo with a bucket spilling flower seed packets onto tilled earth with text that reads Planting the seeds of change: Celebrating 40 years of advancing safety, accountability, and justice for survivors"

A successful Anniversary celebration requires a lookback at accomplishments leading up to the recognition. Learn more about KCSDV’s history as well as other movements running parallel in the interest of survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Date Event
1887 YWCA of Topeka is founded. “Residential Rooms” for women to maintain their “safety and purity.”
1907 large group of women all wearing dresses and hats standing in front of YWCA buildingThe Wichita Family Crisis Center opened its doors as the YWCA in Wichita offering housing for single women. It opened the domestic violence shelter in 1976. It was rebranded as the Wichita Family Crisis Center (WFCC) in 2016.
1972 Douglas County Rape Victim Support Services (RVSS), Kansas’ first sexual assault program also formerly known as GaDuGi founded in Lawrence. Now called. Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center.
1972 YWCA of Topeka’s campaign for 225 SW 12th St. building started.
1973 Roe v Wade decided by the U.S. Supreme Court (Jan. 22, 1973), legalizing abortion.
1974 Wichita Area Rape Center, later known as Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC), founded. It was later incorporated in 1977.
1975 Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) founded – a rape crisis center serving the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
1976 large group of women in the 1970s during a protest march“Women Support Women” march in Cambridge, MA (“first U.S. mass speak out about the problem of battered women”).
1976 The following programs founded:

  • S.O.S., Inc., sexual assault and domestic violence program in Emporia
  • BrightHouse began as a grassroots organization in Hutchinson. Volunteers operated it, and it served as a hotline for victims of rape and spousal abuse with volunteers sheltering victims in their own homes.
  • YWCA Women’s Crisis Center, a domestic violence program in Wichita, opened a domestic violence shelter. The program was rebranded as the Wichita Family Crisis Center (WFCC) in 2016.
  • Women’s Transitional Care Services, Inc., a domestic violence program in Lawrence now known as the Willow Domestic Violence Center, started in 1976 as a collective network of volunteer houses. Articles of incorporation were completed on Feb 4, 1977.
  • The YWCA Battered Women’s Task Force in Topeka, now known as YWCA of Northeast Kansas Center for Safety and Empowerment (a sexual assault and domestic violence program), began.
1977 McPherson domestic violence program founded (now merged with Hutchinson).
1978 Women’s Transitional Care Services, Inc. (now known as Willow Domestic Violence Center) opens a shelter house for battered women in Lawrence – the first in Kansas.
1978 The Kansas Organization of Sexual Assault Centers (KOSAC) formed – though no Articles of Incorporation can be found at this time.
1979 The following Kansas programs were founded:

  • The Regional Crisis Center for Victims of Family Abuse or Rape, Inc. in Manhattan, now known as The Crisis Center, Inc., (sexual assault and domestic violence program) was founded. It was incorporated in 1981 and rebranded in 1983.
  • Safehome in Overland Park (a domestic violence program) It was originally called Johnson County Association for Battered Persons.
  • Crisis Resource Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg, now known as Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. (a sexual assault and domestic violence program)
1979 The Kansas Association of Domestic Violence Programs (KADVP) is formed.
1979 large group of women in the 1970s holding a sign stating sexixm kills stop wife abuseThe Protection From Abuse Act in Kansas was created, allowing a victim of domestic violence to seek a restraining order without filing for divorce (K.S.A. 60-3101 et. seq.).
1980 The following programs were founded: Family Life Center of Butler County, an El Dorado sexual assault and domestic violence program, was founded.

  • Friends of Yates, first battered women’s shelter in Wyandotte County (a sexual assault and domestic violence program in Kansas City, Kansas)
  • The Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas -DVACK (a Salina based sexual assault and domestic violence program)
1980 CDC began studying patterns of domestic violence.
1981 The first Domestic Violence Awareness Week is celebrated.
1981 The following programs were founded (all sexual assault and domestic violence programs):

  • Crisis Center of Dodge City;
  • Family Crisis Services of Garden City;
  • Family Crisis Center of Great Bend;
  • Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services (LARC DVS).
1981 BrightHouse in Hutchinson’s predecessor, Coalition Against Spousal Abuse was incorporated. The name later changed to Victims of Abuse Network.
1982 KADVP is incorporated as a 501 c 3 nonprofit (this was later amended to be KCSDV’s articles of incorporation – June 22, 1982)
1983 The Kansas rape statute is amended to allow spouses to be charged with rape.
1983 The following programs were founded (both sexual assault and domestic violence programs):

  • Northwest Kansas Family Shelter in Hays, later known as Northwest Kansas Domestic & Sexual Violence Services; now known as Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc.
  • Cowley County Safe Homes in Winfield, later known as Safe Homes, Inc. This program closed in 2016.
1984 The “U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence – Final Report” was published. It included extensive testimony from victims, abusers, and expert witnesses and “revealed a widespread problem permeating all levels of society,” recommending the “legal system should treat assaults within the family as seriously as it would treat the same assault as if it occurred between strangers.” https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/attorney-generals-task-force-family-violence-final-report
1984 The following programs were founded (both sexual assault and domestic violence programs):

  • Hope Unlimited in Iola
  • Alliance Against Family Violence in Leavenworth
1984 The Protection From Abuse Fund was established to assist domestic violence programs. It later added sexual assault funding. (K.S.A. 74-7325). First official state funding. This fund still provides critical funding to programs in Kansas. This was intended to match federal VOCA funding.
1984 Kansas begins an accreditation process for member programs.
1984 Kansas begins an accreditation process for member programs.
1984 The federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding first made available in 1984. It was administered for Kansas by Social & Rehabilitation Services (SRS).
1985 Kathy Greenlee hired as the first paid director of KADVP.
1985 Atchison County Domestic Violence Task Force, later known as DoVES, was founded. It closed in 2018.
1985 The Wichita Area Rape Center is renamed Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC).
1985 S.O.S. opened its first shelter, which included offices for staff, in a rented house.
1985 BrightHouse merged with the unincorporated Rape Hotline and its name changed to Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center of Reno County (SADVC). BrightHouse shelter also opened.
1990 S.O.S. launched its toll-free line to answer calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
1990 Harvey County DV/SA Task Force, Inc., also known as the “Safe House,” began when a group of concerned citizens saw a need for services.
1990 NNEDV began in 1990 when a small group came together to promote federal legislation related to domestic violence.
1991 All law enforcement agencies required to have written policies on domestic violence related crimes (K.S.A 22-2307 & 22-2308). Law enforcement officers also are required to make an arrest if they have probable cause.
1993 Stalking was codified as a crime in Kansas (K.S.A. 21-5427).
1993 The United Nations recognizes domestic violence as an international human rights issue and issues a Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
1993 Marital rape outlawed in all 50 states (July 5, 1993).
Two lawsuits began in Connecticut and California challenging a lack of response by law enforcement to violence against women. This eventually led to mandatory arrest becoming a policy response to domestic violence in many states.
1994 The first Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress.
1994 The Wyandotte County Battered Women’s Shelter (Friends of Yates) renamed its facility the Joyce H. Williams Center after another pioneer for Women’s rights.
1994 DOVES of Grant County is founded in Ulysses, KS (a sexual assault and domestic violence program). It closed in 2004.
1994 Patricia (Trish) Bledsoe hired as Executive Director of KCSDV on February 1, 1994. (She served as Executive Director through August 31, 1997).
1994 KCSDV partners with the CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) program, which funds implementation and evaluation of programs, practices and policies based on the best available evident to prevent sexual violence.
1994 Protection From Abuse Act amended to include enforcement of protection orders from other states. A new crime created – Violation of a Protection Order.
1995 Stepstone, Inc., a transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence, founded in Wichita.
1995 Due to expansion of services in surrounding counties, Hutchinson’s program dropped “Reno County” from its name to become Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Center (SADVC).
1995 Hiawatha domestic violence program founded. It later merged with DoVES in Atchison.
1995 The Office on Violence Against Women is created to assist communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
1995 National Domestic Violence Hotline started by the Texas Council on Family Violence with a grant from the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb. 1, 1996, the Hotline takes its first call) The national hotline later became an independent organization – the National Domestic Violence Hotline. (On Aug 2, 2003, the Hotline took its 1 millionth call.)
1996 Sac and Fox STOP Violence Against Indian Women program founded.
1996 KCSDV honors Juliene Maska with the First Annual Juliene Maska Advocate of the Year Award.
1996 Sandy Barnett hired as KCSDV Executive Director and served until 2009. During Sandy’s tenure, KCSDV grew from a staff of 3 to 30+.
1997 All prosecuting attorneys required to adopt written policies regarding prosecution of domestic violence related crimes including the protection and safety of victims and their children. (K.S. A. 22.2309)
1999 After a successful pilot project, the OARS Program (Orientation Assessment Referral and Safety) begins statewide as a collaborative project between KCSDV, and Kansas Social and Rehabilitative Services (now KS DCF) designed to provide advocacy services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are also receiving TANF cash assistance.
2000 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act 2000 contains first U-Visa (Crime Victim Visa) approval (10/28/2000).
2000 Domestic Violence Advocacy Course created by KCSDV and member programs as a core training course for advocates.
2000 New Hope of Wichita, a transitional housing program, changed its name to Stepstone, Inc.
2001 Prairie Band Potawatomi Family Violence Prevention Program founded.
2001 Sexual Assault Advocacy Course created by KCSDV and member programs as a core training course for advocates.
2002 Protection from Stalking Act passed in Kansas allowing victims of stalking to get a protection order K.S.A. 60-31a01.
2002 Disability project starts with collaboration formed by KCSDV, Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment to bring together centers for independent living and DV/SA programs to support survivors with disabilities. This project later becomes Just ASK: Autonomy and Safety of Kansas.
2002 Centers for Disease Control used FVPSA funding to develop the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program whose focus is the primary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) at the community level. The DELTA program founded the basis for KCSDV’s Prevention Projects. This was funded until 2013. KCSDV continues to host annual Prevention Conferences.
2002 Governor’s DV Fatality Review Board created by executive order by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
KCSDV Safety & Accountability Assessment of Child Welfare System in Kansas – first of its kind in the nation. The report made recommendations about increasing safety and accountability around domestic violence and child abuse and those continue to be implemented today with Department for Children & Families (DCF).
2003 KCSDV’s first Safe Homes, Safe Streets awareness event in Topeka.
2003 Legislature established the Employment Security Insurance Act for Domestic Violence Survivors. Unemployment benefits cannot be denied to a victim of domestic violence. K.S.A. 44-706 & 44-761. (Initiated following the domestic violence related death of Rep. Rocky Nichols’ sister.)
2003 The Wyandotte County Battered Women’s Shelter (Friends of Yates) renamed its facility the Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center for Victims of Domestic Violence and their Dependent Children to be inclusive to all genders who experience domestic violence.
2003 S.O.S. opened county offices in its service area of Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, and Morris counties. The Osage County office was added in 2004.
2004 original kcsdv buildingFriends of KCSDV formed. KCSDV is gifted the building of 634 SW Harrison St., Topeka, as office space and training center succeeding its location at 220 SW 33rd St., Topeka.
2004 KCSDV Immigration Project begin to assist victims of sexual and domestic violence with immigration-related issues. The Violence Against Women Act of 2000 included additional protections for immigrant victims of sexual and domestic violence.)] The KCSDV project trained advocates on immigration remedies such as the VAWA self-petition, the battered spouse waiver, and the U-Visa.
2005 outside of building with 3 blooming trees in frontKCSDV moves to new building at 634 SW Harrison, Topeka, which was donated by YWCA of Topeka. It was formerly YWCA’s day care center, which followed its use as a day care center for Security Benefit Life – now known as the Eisenhower Office Building. (Photo of building at 634 SW Harrison).
2005 Child Welfare & Children’s Services Project funded by Office on Violence against Women Rural Grant and contract with SRS.
2005 Legal Assistance for Victims project starts in collaboration with Kansas Legal Services.
2005 Violence Against Women Act was re-authorized after unanimously passing both houses of Congress. It was signed into law on January 5, 2006, and included new provisions related to Native American women, sexual assault, and child victims.
2006 KCSDV and Kansas Department of Corrections collaborate on Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) project.
2006 KCSDV and various state agencies collaborate on criminal justice training and protocol development project funded by OVW Grant to Encourage Arrest and Enforcement of Protection Orders.
2006 Social activist, Tarana Burke, began using the phrase “Me Too” on the MySpace social network to promote “empowerment through empathy” among women of color who have been sexually abused.
2007 Kansas has 27 domestic violence and 23 sexual assault direct service, community-based programs serving all 105 counties in Kansas.
2007 Safe Havens project begins as the Governor’s and Attorney General’s committee on supervised visits and safe exchange.
2008 Safe At Home Address Confidentiality program passed by state legislature.
2008 Work leave time allowed for DV/SA victims by state legislature.
2008 SANE-SART (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Sexual Assault Response Team) programs moves to KCSDV from Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita and Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center.
2009 Core Services, Guiding Principles, and Accreditation Standards for community-based programs revised by KCSDV and members.
2009 KCSDV publishes Statewide Sexual Assault Services Plan.
2009 KCSDV changed its structure from having a board of 30 directors representing all community-based programs to a board of 7 independent directors and 2 program representatives for governance and a Program Council for programming and policy input.
2009 KCSDV’s Primary Prevention Planning Committee created a state plan to prevent sexual and domestic violence in Kansas, titled “Reweaving the Social Fabric: A Plan for the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence in Kansas.”
2010 Joyce Grover hired as Interim Executive Director, then made permanent Executive Director of KCSDV.
2010 KCSDV releases interactive Protection Order Guided Interview in Spanish and English.
2010 State law provides definition of domestic violence and “DV Designation” law passed, implemented in July 2011.
2011 KCSDV updates its logo and colors; KCSDV re-designed all agency brochures. KCSDV’s Silent Witness Display and Public Education Displays updated.
2011 Legal Assistance for Victims project begins at KCSDV with focus on immigration legal issues, sexual assault representation, and complex family law matters.
2012 KCSDV supports efforts by the Kansas Legislature’s budget conference committee to add $1 million to sexual and domestic violence services since cases in Kansas have remained very high and have not seen a downward trend.
2012 KCSDV celebrates its 30th Anniversary on Friday, September 14th.
2013 KCSDV announced that the internationally acclaimed musician Kelley Hunt would perform on February 13th at the 10th Annual Safe Homes Streets Benefit Reception. KCSDV invited domestic violence and sexual assault advocates from all parts of Kansas to join in Topeka for the event.
2014 KCSDV and Self-Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) partnered on the Office on Violence Against Women Disabilities grant program and formed the Kansas Building and Expanding Leaders and Individuals, Experience the Vision of Empowerment (Kansas BELIEVE) project.
2014 The Federal Government’s first response to domestic violence (The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act – FVPSA) celebrates its 30th anniversary.
2015 Former President Barack Obama Sent out a Presidential Proclamation addressing Sexual Assault in the United States. President Obama declared April 2015 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
2015 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recognized April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month by Participating in Denim Day on April 29. This is a response to the 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans.
2015 The National Network to End Domestic Violence released data on mass killings finding most cases were committed by a perpetrator who was an abuser and personally known to some of the victims.
2016 The Harvey County DV/SA Task Force and the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Hutchinson agreed to move services in McPherson and Marion counties to the Newton program. With those changes the program was renamed Safehope, Inc.
2016 KCSDV began working on the national demonstration project, Empowered Families Kansas, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is one of 12 projects funded in the United States. Its focus is on children who were exposed to domestic violence.
2016 Mass Shooting in Hesston, KS. The shooting was found to be connected to domestic violence.
2017 Millions of people participate in the Women’s March supporting gender equality and civil rights in Washington D.C. and around the world on the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency. It is believed to be the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history.
2017 After a successful capital campaign, Safehouse in Pittsburg, opened a new state of the art shelter facility inclusive to all genders along with a heated and cooled cat/dog facility.
2017 Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) collaborates with the Wichita Family Crisis Center to expand services to Cowley and Sumner counties following the closure of Winfield’s Safe Homes, Inc.
2017 KCSDV celebrates its 35th anniversary.
2017 A variety of women file charges of sexual harassment and misconduct against powerful men in the media business, including head of FOX News Roger Ailes, movie director mogul Harvey Weinstein, Uber ride-share leader Travis Kalanick, and FOX News anchor Bill O’Reilly. Publicity of these allegations by the media prompted a resurgence of the “MeToo” movement and its hashtag is promoted on social media by actor Alyssa Milano with more survivors telling their stories. This launched an international movement, which changed the conversation on sexual and domestic violence. Ultimately, these abusers were held accountable, and justice provided to some survivors.
2017 Family Life Center in El Dorado added Chautauqua and Elk counties to its program following the closure of Winfield’s Safe Home, Inc. program.
2017 Northeast Kansas’ Friends of Yates opens a newly renovated domestic violence shelter to victims and survivors in Wyandotte County, offering additional bed space to survivors and their children.
2017 Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) Director of Outreach Perla Rodriguez was murdered by her boyfriend.
Amid the MeToo movement, U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was accused of sexual assault by more than 150 women. In January 2018, he was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison for sexual abuse.
2018 The Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV), founded in 1984, temporarily closed on November 10, 2017, due to the lack of funding. The new Board of Directors agreed that the services are needed in Leavenworth County and created a plan to raise enough money to reopen their doors.
2018 Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (Options) began providing victim advocacy services at an additional location in Colby. Before this, Options only had an office and shelter in Hays (which is two hours away).
2018 Hutchinson’s program rebranded to BrightHouse.
2018 KCSDV conducted a strangulation training in Topeka after the Kansas Legislature passed a bill, which increased penalties for domestic violence-related strangulation to a felony.
2018 Willow begins transitional housing program with “Restoration House,” offering 1–2-year leases at affordable rates with case management.
2018 The Department of Education released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on schools receiving federal funding and how to respond to sexual violence under Title IX. Schools must let the accused cross-examine their accuser through a third party which could be triggering and harmful. It also narrows the definition of sexual harassment, encourages schools to use a higher standard of evidence, and will no longer be required to investigate reports of sexual assault that may have occurred off-campus.
2019 KCSDV’s Executive Director Joyce Grover was recognized for 35 years of service.
2018 DVACK became a co-ed facility and pet friendly.
2019 KCSDV’s Empowered Families Kansas Project extended for 2 more years, with five domestic violence advocacy programs to serve as project sites, providing mentorship to youth ages 8-18 who have experienced domestic violence, teen dating violence and co-occurring bullying.
2019 Midwest Native Coalition for Justice & Peace (MNCJP) founded. Offices in Holton, KS.
2019 The Kansas Supreme Court ruled the right to abortions are inherent within the state’s constitution and bill of rights.
2019 Alliance Against Family Violence reopens in Leavenworth. The organization offers a 24/7 hotline and emergency confidential shelter to individuals and their children who are fleeing sexual and domestic violence.
2019 KCSDV provides almost 100 training opportunities annually and about 30% of those are provided by the Statewide Training and Technical Assistance Project, funded with SGF grant.
2019 YWCA Northeast Kansas announced that the Center for Safety and Empowerment would expand its services to include Topeka’s first daytime drop-in center for victim-survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Its doors will open late November.
2019 The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced findings and recommendations resulting from a five-year collaborative effort to identify, inventory, and test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Kansas (Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative – SAKI).
2019 KCSDV pledges support of KBI’s #YesThisRoom statewide public awareness campaign. This campaign is meant to educate people about sexual assault while combating the normalization in our society. It was developed out of the SAKI statewide collaborative project.
2019 Iola’s sexual and domestic violence services provider Hope Unlimited moved its administrative and community-based services to a larger location in mid-September.
2020 Willow acquires second shelter, expanding capacity to 48 beds at full capacity. Willow also starts Foster Transitions Support program to provide housing and case management to youth aging out of foster care.
2020 S.O.S. completed renovation of a 25,000-foot building and consolidated administration, program staff and services, including the shelter, under one roof.
2020 Covid-19 pandemic begins. Victim services programs and domestic violence shelters remain open. Virtual services are added in some areas of Kansas, including texting hotline, on-line support groups, and teletherapy.
2020 In 2016, KCSDV was one of twelve sites nationally to be awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children Grant. KCSDV’s Empowered Families Kansas project focuses on three strategies, one being child welfare. In 2020, KCSDV publishes the Child Welfare Project Report.
2020 KCSDV’s Rural Project continues addressing the need for both a coordinated community response to sexual and domestic violence and for specific outreach to sexual and domestic violence victims and survivors within those communities who may be experiencing social and geographic isolation.
2020 KCSDV’s Statewide SANE-SART Project continues to focus on improving trauma-informed and victim-centered medical and community system responses to sexual assault in Kansas. (SANE- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) (SART- Sexual Assault Response Team) by continuing to:

  • Provide training opportunities
  • Increase access to resources in rural areas
  • Improve the overall capacity of hospital emergency departments

Provide expert advice (technical assistance) via email, phone, and in-person

2021 Bills that passed in 2021:

  • Senate Bill 60 – Removes the spousal exception from the crime of sexual battery; prohibits courts from requiring psychiatric or psychological examinations of alleged victims of any crime; creates the felony crime of sexual extortion.
  • House Bill 2008 – Addressed the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by requiring the attorney general to coordinate training for law enforcement agencies on this issue.
  • House Bill 2071 – Increased the penalties for stalking a minor when the victim is under the age of 14.
  • House Bill 2114 – Expanded the definition of financial abuse and exploitation and expanded mandatory reporting requirements to include firefighters and all school personnel.
  • House Bill 2079 – Moved administration of the address confidentiality program (Safe at Home) from the Secretary of State’s office to the Attorney General’s office.
2021 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health have selected the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to receive funding as part of the State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Partnership Programs to Reduce Maternal Deaths due to Violence. KCSDV partners on the project.
2021 KCSDV nominated and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center awarded the 2021 Visionary Voice Award to Jessica Albers (RN, BSN, MFS, SANE-A, SANE-P).
2021 S.O.S. transferred all services for Greenwood County to the Family Life Center, El Dorado.
2021 BrightHouse has two satellite offices – one in Rice County and one in Kingman County, which also covers Harper County.
2021 Family Life Center (El Dorado sexual assault and domestic violence program) added Greenwood County to its service area in July 2021.
2022 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2022 signed by President Joe Biden.
2022 Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2228 increasing attention to the issue of sexual assault. The Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) will make a significant difference in the ability to identify suspects in rape, incest, and sexual assault cases.
2022 KCSDV creates a Hispanic Resource Toolkit and initiates a media campaign to increase awareness in the Hispanic community of the services available to them regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.
2022 The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. Abortions are federally unprotected giving the states the right to legislate abortion. Fourteen states have trigger laws that immediately prohibit abortions.
2022 By a wide margin, Kansas voters reject an amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would remove abortion as a constitutionally protected right to self-determination for Kansas women.

Last Updated on Nov 3, 2022