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As part of ongoing efforts to address the critical issue of domestic violence that is an adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN) is hosting a virtual event on March 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET to raise awareness in Kentucky. 

KSPAN is a collaborative network comprising local health departments, hospitals, nonprofits, state agencies, and for-profit organizations dedicated to safety promotion and injury prevention.

The event will be kicked off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Calla Jamison, who will provide an overview of ACEs and their connection to domestic violence1. She will then discuss the implications of domestic violence for the individuals and families and highlight evidence-informed approaches. 

The event will transition to our speakers working directly within Kentucky, who will provide Kentucky-specific data, programs, and services that aim at lessening the impact of ACEs and domestic violence. 


Speakers and Topics:

  • Calla Jamison, Health Scientist Division of Violence Prevention/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, will discuss “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention”
  • Andrew Ritzel, Acting Director Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, will share the “Kentucky Domestic Violence Data Report”, and overview of their Center and the logistics of data collection.
  • Lisa Gabbard, Certification Training Programs Administrator, ZeroV (formerly the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence), will provide “Kentucky United Against Violence: An Introduction to ZeroV Services”.
  • Danielle Perkins, Justice Program Administrator at the Kentucky State Police, will explain their “Handle with Care” program and its role in supporting children affected by domestic violence.

“This event serves as a pivotal platform for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and awareness-building in addressing adverse childhood experiences and domestic violence. By bringing together experts, practitioners, and concerned individuals, KSPAN aims to create a collective impact that resonates across Kentucky to end the cycle of abuse,” shared Ashley Bush, DrPH, Principal Investigator of Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention Program (KVIPP). 

For more information and to register, visit here. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call, text, or visit any of the hotlines. If you are in danger and it is safe, call 911.

National Domestic Violence Hotlines:


1Domestic violence can also referred to as intimate partner violence; the terms can be used interchangeably when referring to a type of family violence. 

KSPAN, an injury community implementation group, is part of the Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).

KIPRC is a unique partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. KIPRC serves both as an academic injury prevention research center and as a bona fide agent of DPH for statewide injury prevention and control.