Pilot Program Aims To Ease Transition For Incarcerated Domestic Abuse Victims

Feb 29, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Reentry into society for incarcerated women who are also victims of domestic violence often presents a unique set of challenges. A new collaborative effort in Lexington and Louisville is looking to address those needs with volunteer coaches.

The Second Chance Reentry Coaching Project, organized with the help of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association and several other organizations, aims to attract female volunteers to mentor and coach battered women adjusting to life after incarceration. LeTonia Jones with the KDVA says the job will require training and sensitivity.

"We're looking for somebody who is willing to look past what they've heard and be open to what the facts really show us, and be willing to look at this person as an individual and not just this charge that they may have, this conviction that they may have," Jones says.

The program will also involve a substantial commitment – about a year – on the part of the volunteers, who will be expected to develop an ongoing, one-on-one relationship and serve as a positive role model. The two-year pilot project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.