Domestic Violence Services

Right Here in Our Community

Domestic violence of all types occurs right here in our community. It doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor. It affects people of every race, ethnic group, and culture. It takes many forms. 

Sanctuary, Inc. is one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation, established in 1982. Sanctuary offers much more than shelter. This holistic program provides the tools and support that allow women and their children to rebuild their lives.

All services are at no cost to the victim and their children and are available to survivors living in our shelters as well those who choose to utilize our services on a non-residential basis.


Sanctuary Services are Available to:

Any adult who is a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault

Any child who is a witness or victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault

Any child who accompanies an adult who is a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault

I am so grateful. I have hope. I can start my new life & looking forward to groups to help me heal. Sanctuary has given me peace and joy. 

– A Sanctuary Client


What We Do

Services Offered

Emergency Shelter

Safe housing can provide a pathway to freedom. We are here to fulfill that emergency need.

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing is available to families who need more time to establish self-sufficiency once they leave the emergency shelter. Sustained case management and ongoing counseling provide building blocks for families moving toward independence in a supportive environment.

Crisis Counseling

Our crisis counselors help individuals in crisis make a safety plan to address immediate needs.

Medical Advocacy

We provide accompaniment to the hospital for survivors of domestic and sexual assault seeking medical care.

Individual & Group Counseling

Domestic violence survivors are at a high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or stress-related mental health conditions. Counseling helps survivors heal from abuse by helping survivors learn to cope with emotional pain and fears.

Legal Advocacy

Legal advocates assist survivors with obtaining immediate and long-term legal protection. This includes education about the legal system, support during the legal processes, and safety planning.

Individual Case Management

Case management support provides guidance through programs and services available to survivors empowering survivors to make decisions that are safest for them and their children.

Spiritual Enrichment

Spiritual Enrichment at Sanctuary, Inc. provides a safe place for healing and growth specifically designed to assist victims and survivors of abuse. The program offers a place of hope where people can encounter their inner spiritual power that gives them strength, courage, and determination to begin their journey to healing and stability.

Exercise Therapy

(Residential Clients Only)
Because mental health and physical health are so closely linked, problems in one area can impact the other. Sanctuary’s on-site exercise therapy room lends clients with a space to improve mental and physical health.

Therapy Garden

Sanctuary’s on-site therapy garden provides a peaceful and supportive place for people with a wide range of abilities to interact with nature and enhance their wellbeing. The garden is utilized in a variety of ways to promote mindfulness, healing, resiliency, support, and growth

Recognizing Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence takes many forms.

Physical Abuse

This includes pain, injury, and harm, such as beating, kicking, suffocation, or slapping.

Sexual Abuse

This includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, or manipulating a person into having sex through guilt or threats.

Emotional and/or Verbal Abuse

This includes constant criticism, threatening to hurt loved ones, or harassment at school or in the workplace.

Economic Abuse

This includes controlling a person’s income or financial assistance, misusing one’s credit, or making it difficult for a person to get or maintain a job.

Psychological Abuse

This includes minimizing or blaming a person for the abuse, intimidation, and/or threats or destroying property.

Digital Abuse

This includes controlling your passwords and social media accounts, searching your phone and text messages, and monitoring you with a GPS or related system.

If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, you are not alone.
We are here to help.

Kentucky law requires mandatory reporting of child abuse, neglect, and dependency (KRS 620) and the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of adults who have a physical or mental disability and are unable to protect themselves; this might include an elderly person (KRS 209). To make a report of child abuse or neglect, contact DCBS Centralized Intake at 1-877-597-2331 or your local Law Enforcement office.

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