domestic violence

Dating violence legislation looks to be unlikely during the 2014 session in Frankfort.        

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A former UK track runner brought his message of support for dating violence protection legislation from Lexington to Frankfort Thursday – on foot.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A judge in Lexington has ruled that former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn is liable for nearly $24 million in damages in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of his slain ex-fiancee.

Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael ruled after a hearing Monday that Nunn is liable for about $3.8 million in damages for funeral and medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of the ability to earn. Ross family attorney Lucy Pett says Ishmael added another $20 million in punitive damages.

LEXINGTON-KY    A new scholarship is being offered to University of Kentucky students who have been domestically abused. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. - For women suffering physical, mental, and sexual abuse at the hands of their partner, a lack of education can be a barrier to independence. The University of Kentucky hopes to change that by launching a new scholarship specifically for victims of domestic violence.

Carol Jordan, director of UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women, believes the scholarship is the first of its kind in the country because it provides a full financial aid package.