Josh Nadzam, a former University of Kentucky athlete, will run from Lexington to Frankfort on Thursday to raise awareness and support for proposed legislation to protect victims of intimate-partner abuse in dating relationships.
Nadzam acknowledges that the run, roughly 25 miles, is going to be difficult but says, "The challenge is nothing compared to the difficulties experienced by victims and survivors of dating violence in Kentucky."
In January, House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley introduced House Bill 8, legislation that would amend Kentucky's current law governing domestic protective orders to include victims of dating violence who have not lived with nor had a child with the abuser. The bill cleared, but was sent back to committee a few weeks later. Further challenges are expected in the Senate.
Nadzam works at GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, which helps those affected by intimate-partner violence.
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Nadzam has created an Indiegogo campaign to accept donations at http://bit.ly/1kpvqbX.
Contributions will go to GreenHouse17 to provide services and advocacy for victims of intimate-partner violence. Find more at Greenhouse17.org.