Guest Editorial

By LMPD Chief Steve Conrad

Already this year, we have seen 14 domestic violence-related homicides in our city, more than last year’s nine cases. That statistic is a stark reminder of why we must take every act of domestic violence seriously.

Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in our country. And all too often it is never reported because victims feel embarrassed or afraid.

So far this year, LMPD’s domestic violence detectives have handled over 3,000 cases, and they have cleared almost 2,400 of them, resulting in 691 arrests.

Despite these efforts, there is still a great deal of work to do.

Domestic violence affects every member of our city, and it’s everyone’s business. Keeping it secret only empowers abusers.

Domestic violence crosses all lines of age, race, religion, education, and socioeconomic status. Victims need to know we are here to help.

In Louisville, we are blessed to have an amazing partner in this effort, the Center for Women and Families. I urge everyone to support The Center. They truly make a difference.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic or intimate partner violence, please reach out. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. Or call Louisville’s 24-hour Crisis and Information hotline at 1-844-BE SAFE 1.

I’m Police Chief Steve Conrad. And if you need help, please call.