Abuse is a tragic reality for too many people, and an abusive situation can often be difficult to escape. If you find yourself being abused by a friend, loved one, or family member, the first thing to know is that it’s not your fault, and that anyone can be a victim regardless of age, background, or gender. There is never a justification for abuse—only excuses.
If you are a victim of abuse, you may be frightened or unsure of whom to trust. You may find that you have withdrawn from social circles or been isolated from people with whom you once had close contact. You may be experiencing threats or manipulation, ranging from promises of direct violence, to invasions of privacy (such as a partner going through your phone or Internet history), to claims that your abuse is your own fault. Abuse manifests in many different ways—physical, verbal, emotional, mental, sexual, and more—and you may have a hard time dealing with or leaving a relationship that’s turned abusive.
There are safe places to go in Rowan County, if you are a victim of family or partner violence. Below are linked local organizations you can contact to receive assistance with escaping an abusive situation, as well as counseling afterwards. You may feel unsafe using your normal phone or computer to access this information, so please remember that we offer free computer use to both patrons and guests. Feel free to approach staff for more information about any of the entries listed on this page.
Domestic/Family Violence & Intimate Partner Abuse Resources
Domestic Violence Emergency Services (DOVES) of Gateway
Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Mary Byron Project
Prevent Child Abuse KY
Rowan County Sheriff’s Department
Victim Information & Notification Every Day (VINE)