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Lexington leaders launch ‘It’s Time’ domestic violence prevention campaign

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Stephanie Theakston, with the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, speaks during the launch of the domestic violence prevention campaign It’s Time Nov. 2, 2022. Photo by Amy Wallot

Lexington leaders launch a new approach to ending domestic violence. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports.

Dr. Everett McCorvey, head of UK’s Opera Program, renowned chef Ouita Michael and Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton are just some of the voices on the ‘It’s Time’ domestic violence prevention campaign.

Mayor Gorton says that nearly a third of homicides this year have been related to domestic violence. During this same period last year, none were reported. Whit Whitaker, Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre says he has witnessed domestic violence and calls on the entire community to get involved.

The initiative is a three-phase approach which includes education on what constitutes domestic violence and identifying signs. Learning how to talk openly about domestic violence and acting to stop it. If you or someone you know is a victim and needs help, call 3-1-1.