Friday, October 14, 2011

Kentucky Girl Scouts Involved With Domestic Violence Prevention

In Ashland, KY, The Independent reports that when Kentucky’s Girl Scout Councils announce a collaboration with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association next week, they’ll be following in the footsteps of Girl Scouts in the Ashland area.

Aimee Johnson, 17, is president of the Girl Scout’s Ken-o-Valley Teen Leadership Council, which has been working with Safe Harbor since she was in the eighth grade. Safe Harbor is an emergency shelter and advocacy center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence and Elliott counties.

Johnson said she thinks some students in her school see domestic violence at home and accept it as normal. The goal of the banners is to let them know it isn’t normal and help is available.

The collaboration between Kentucky Girl Scouts and Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, troops will begin participating in a program called the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program.

The program was developed by Dorothy J. Edwards, founding director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. It is an approach to violence prevention with an emphasis on establishing intolerance to violence as the norm. As part of the collaboration, Kentucky Girl Scouts will also be working on Shop and Share, Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear’s annual donation drive for domestic violence shelter, fostering new Girl Scout/Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelter programs connections throughout Kentucky communities and developing workshops for Girl Scouts on issues compelling to today’s adolescents and teens, according to a press release from the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council.