Present and Past
The Mary Byron Project Scholars Program at Assumption High School in Louisville, KY was established in memory of Mary Byron, a 1991 graduate of Assumption. The scholarship program is designed for students who wish to undertake a leadership opportunity among their peers and in the community relating to intimate partner and dating violence education and prevention.
Our skilled staff and volunteer attorneys provided representation for survivors in appeals when relief was denied to them or when relief was granted but the perpetrator filed an appeal. We handled appeals from many different types of cases related to intimate partner violence, including appeals from protective orders and custody orders where intimate partner violence was present. Our goals were to keep survivors and their families safe and to shape the law to enhance justice for other survivors.
The Celebrating Solutions Awards showcased and applauded local innovations that demonstrated promise in breaking the cycle of violence. We selected programs that could serve as models for the nation and awarded $10,000 cash awards in recognition of their pioneering efforts. The the Roth Award was created specifically for programs that addressed the needs of underserved populations.
We provided training and education designed to help professionals (including legal professionals and law enforcement) and community members understand the dynamics of intimate partner violence, the application of law to situations involving intimate partner violence, and the need for changes in workplaces, courtrooms, and other settings.
Our monthly newsletter is full of information about the Mary Byron Project’s history, our current projects and upcoming events, and information about what is going on around the state and nation concerning intimate partner violence.
The Mary Byron Legal Fellows Program was a leadership and skill-building program that equipped attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to victims of intimate partner violence, most specifically through the Mary Byron Project’s Appellate Advocacy Program. The Legal Fellows Program provided greater impact in shaping and changing the law to protect survivors and bringing an end to intimate partner violence.