Fostering Innovations and Strategies to
End Domestic Violence

The Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of the young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer, healthier communities.


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Louisville, KY 40223






APRIL 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.


          The Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial will honor the lives of several Kentuckians who died as a result of homicide during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  This is also a time to commemorate our nation’s progress in advancing victims’ rights, as we gather with the families of homicide victims during a ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:00 at Resthaven Memorial Park located at 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY.   

          This year’s theme---30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice---reminds us of the long road travelled by crime victims, from the time of no rights, resources or assistance, to a time when there are over 10,000 victims service agencies to now help people throughout the country.  Every state has enacted victim’s rights laws and all have victim compensation programs, including Kentucky. In 1984, Congress passed the bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), which created a national fund to ease victim’s suffering. Financed not by taxpayers but by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports victim services, such as domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers and victim compensation programs that pay many of victims’ out of pocket expenses from the crime, such as counseling, funeral expenses and lost wages.

          The Annual Dedication of Names at the Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial also commemorates its 10th year of honoring the lives of victims lost to homicide.  The Memorial is a place for families of victims to gather and heal.  Names are etched in a granite wall with a water fountain overlooking the memorial garden.  A solemn reading of all the names placed on the wall will be presented to honor the tenth anniversary of the Homicide Memorial.


Mark your calendar for May 6!

To kick off its celebration of thirty years, the Community Foundation of Louisville is hosting a "Give Day" on May 6 to support nearly 200 local nonprofit organizations doing great work right in our own backyard.  Our goal is simple - raise as much money as possible for these local nonprofits.  For one day only, every dollar donated will be augmented through stretch dollars contributed by the Community Foundation of Louisville and its supporting sponsors LG&E, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Churchill Downs.


While on-line credit card giving will take place from midnight to midnight on May 6 at, donors who wish to use their Donor Advised Fund or Charitable Checking Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville may do so by submitting a grant request through the Community Foundation no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 2.  Restrictions apply. See My Fund for additional details. 

Donors - Here is how you can help support Give Local Louisville and The Mary Byron Project:



  • Recommend a grant from your Community Foundation of Louisville Donor Advised Fund or Charitable Checking Fund no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 2* to your favorite eligible charities.


(In order for your grant to be included Give Local Louisville, you must indicate that your grant is for “Give        Local Louisville” in the special instructions on My Fund or on your grant recommendation form).


*Previously submitted and processed grants are not eligible.



The Mary Byron Project is proud to announce the 2013 Celebrating Solutions Awards and the Roth Award winners!

Celebrating Solutions Awards

The Mary Byron Project, fostering innovations and strategies to end domestic violence, has

selected four organizations to receive the Celebrating Solutions Awards. These awards

showcase and recognize organizations for innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking

the cycle of domestic violence. A panel of experts help select programs they believe serve as

models for the nation. Each award includes a $10,000 cash prize in recognition of their

pioneering efforts. Congratulations to the following 2013 Celebrating Solutions Winners:

GreenHouse 17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program

   Lexington, KY


District Alliance for Safe Housing, (DASH)

   Washington, D.C.


National Crime Victim Law Institute

   Portland, OR


Rutgers, School of Social Work, Center on Violence Against Women and Children

   New Brunswick, NJ

These four wonderful organizations work tirelessly to end intimate partner violence. The

Mary Byron Project is so proud to recognize them for the amazing work they continue to do.

Roth Award

     The Roth Award has been created specifically for programs that address the needs of

     underserved populations. The winning organization is chosen by a panel of experts

     and will receive a $10,000 cash prize in recognition of their hard work. Congratulations

     to the 2013 Roth Award winner:  


     • Migrant Clinicians Network

        Austin, TX


     The work this organization does truly makes such a difference to so many people and The

     Mary Byron Project couldn’t have found a more deserving organization for our second

     annual Roth Award.

*Please see the "Our Work" Page to

view the winners' applications *

   20 YEARS LATER . . .


December 6, 2013, we remember the tragic death of Mary Byron 20 years ago (December 6, 1993). In memory and honor of the 20th Anniversary of Mary's death, The Mary Byron Project hosted a "Luncheon to Remember" on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 and it was exactly that; a luncheon to remember! Thank you to all of those who attended, participated and helped make the luncheon so special.


Click here to see pictures from the event.

The newspapers and news channels put together many great articles and wonderful videos in memory of Mary Byron's death, and legacy that has led to programs that help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to others. 20 years later, we still remember and continue to honor Mary, fostering innovations and strategies to end domestic violence. We have linked the articles and videos regarding the 20th Anniversary below and encourage you to read, watch and even share with others:


The Courier Journal - Twenty years later, parents continue work to honor daughter's death


WDRB - 20th anniversary of VINE system, born of tragedy


WLKY- Slain woman's legacy lives on through program that keeps others safe - By Erica Coghill


2014 Celebrating Solutions and Roth Awards

Call for Nominations


We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Celebrating Solutions and Roth Awards. Click here to learn more about the Celebrating Solutions Awards and how you can apply. Nominations must be postmarked by November 22, 2013. Email and fax submissions will  not be accepted.


Click here to learn more about the Roth Award and how you can apply. Nominations must be postmarked by December 22, 2013. Email and fax submissions will not be accepted.




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Thank You for Your Support!


The Mary Byron Project would like to thank all of the businesses and people who participated in the 12th Annual Mary Byron Project Golf Scramble and Charitable Poker Tournament at Wildwood Country Club on September 23. The weather was perfect, and we couldn't have asked for a better day to spend on the golf course.


We would also like to thank our wonderful volunteers. Without you, this event would not have been possible. We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to this event and the organization.


Since its inception, The Mary Byron Project has donated more than $600,000 to nearly 35 organizations across the country that have been able to demonstrate innovative, proven solutions. With your contributions, we can help even more!    


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Mary's Story

A tragic end marks the beginning of our mission


Seven years after their daughter's murder and six years after the creation of automated victim notification technology (VINE), Pat and John Byron spearheaded the creation of the Mary Byron Project, an organization dedicated to finding innovations like VINE that save lives.


Read her story


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