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LMPD reaching out to young people in violent relationships

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LMPD holds a community forum to discuss dating violence and sexual assault prevention LMPD holds a community forum to discuss dating violence and sexual assault prevention
Dozens of people were in attendance for the LMPD forum discussing dating violence and sexual assaults Dozens of people were in attendance for the LMPD forum discussing dating violence and sexual assaults

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---It could be a family member, a friend, or even yourself who may be in a violent relationship.

Police are just hoping you take action and simply get help.

On Thursday evening, a community forum was held at the Hartford Tower, located on S. 1st Street in Louisville.

The forum was the fourth in a series of neighborhood meetings called "Bring Peace Home Louisville".

The focus of the meeting was on dating violence and sexual assaults.

During a presentation, audience members heard a 911 call from a 3-year-old boy, asking police for help. The young boy told police his mother had been choked.

It's a call that first responders know all too well.

The presentation also included faces of domestic violence victims that hit home with the audience.

Amy Vick died in December of 2012. Police say her boyfriend shot her in a home on Roederer Drive in Louisville.

Sade Goldsmith and her two sons were shot and killed in July of 2012 in their PRP home. Police say the shooter was the boy's father.

Last year alone, LMPD officers responded to 37,000 calls related domestic violence. What's most alarming is they've seen a prevalent rise involving teenagers and college students.

It's why LMPD and other officials are reaching out to young people.

On a daily basis, they're dealing with domestic violence cases.

"That can include sexual assaults, rapes, physical assaults, homicides. And we handle those cases every day," says Christie Foster, with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

Dr. Marta Miranda, with The Center for Women and Families, says Kentucky still has a long way to go when it comes to domestic violence legislation.

"We're only one of 2 states that does not have a dating violence bill. All the other states have one," says Dr. Marta Miranda, President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families.  

It's why they say having events to raise awareness about this issue is so important.

They're hoping photos, recordings, and the message they are sending hit home with the people who attended the community forum.  

"I think we've got to get the message out to people, especially to young women at an early age, what is appropriate in a relationship. What is appropriate conduct in a relationship," says Christie Foster.

If you are in a violent relationship and are looking for ways to get help, you can contact The Center for Women and families. For more information, click here.

MensWork also holds events to raise awareness about eliminating domestic violence. To contact MensWorks, click here.

The Family & Children's Place helps families who have been through abuse and violence. To reach them, click here.

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