Local/Regional News
5:08 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Lextran Launches Domestic Violence Ride To Shelter Program

Lexington, KY – Lextran is teaming up with the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program to offer free services to anyone fleeing a domestic violence situation starting in November.

Lextran spokesman David Riggins says the new program has been in the works for over a year and is similar to the safe place program provided by the local YMCA.

"If a person who is a victim of domestic violence believes that they are being threatened, they can board a bus and ask for a ride. LexTran will then enact a whole process where a supervisor will come by and pick up this person and transport them to the domestic violence shelter."

The idea originated when officials from Lextran asked the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program how they could help keep families safe. Riggins says the Ride to Shelter program is modeled after a national initiative that is already being used in Louisville.