gov and melindaFRANKFORT, Ky. (10/24/17) – The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence today celebrated the passage of two new laws that made Kentucky a safer place for survivors of intimate partner violence during a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol.
 
Gov. Matt Bevin signed HB 309, which added important leasing protections for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and fixed Kentucky’s outdated mandatory domestic violence reporting law.
 
Both new laws went into effect June 29.
 
Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty (R-Greenville), who sponsored HB 309, was present along with Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester), who sponsored SB 86, which was attached to HB 309 in the last hours of the 2017 legislative session.
 
“Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, Kentucky law now ensures that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking who have a court-issued order of protection may not be evicted from their rental units solely because they are victims,” said Mary O’Doherty, deputy director of KCADV.
 
The new law permits victims who have long-term orders of protection to terminate their leases if they give their landlords 30 days' written notice. The law allows protected tenants to change the locks at their own expense as long as they give their landlords notice and a copy of the key. The law also gives landlords some important protections, including allowing them to bar abusers from their property and formally evict abusers based on the issuance of orders of protection. 
 
Rep. Gibbons Prunty championed the issue during the 2017 session and worked with KCADV, the Lexington Fair Housing Council, Kentucky Board of Realtors and the Apartment Association of Kentucky to get the bill through the legislature and to the governor’s desk.
 
The legislation also made critically important updates to Kentucky’s 39-year-old mandatory reporting law, replacing it with a mandatory education and referral requirement for all survivors of intimate partner violence. Those provisions were in SB 86, which was sponsored by Sen. Alvarado.

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Founded in 1981, KCADV provides a strong voice on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children and administers $9.3 million in funds to the state's 15 domestic violence programs (serving all 120 Kentucky counties). In FY2016, KCADV programs provided 3,949 survivors and their children with emergency shelter and transitional housing. The programs provided nonresidential services to 18,693 survivors and their children in 2016.

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