Kathy H. Witt

Sheriff

Sheriff Kathy H. Witt

150 N. Limestone, Suite 265
Lexington, KY 40507
TEL: 859-252-1771
FAX: 859-259-0973
fayettesheriff@fayettesheriff.com

Domestic Violence Division

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff



Victim Services

The Victim Services Division at the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff helps acquaint victims of domestic violence with resources they need. The division acts as an advocate for victims as they navigate the criminal justice system and as they deal with the unique challenges of domestic violence.

Advocates assist victims after they file an Emergency Protective Order (EPO)--a civil order that protects the Petitioner from acts of violence by the Respondent. The Victim Services Division then assesses the crisis and gives access to resources for managing the trauma of domestic violence. Victims may speak with a deputy to help them form a safety plan, or speak with our advocates to obtain a safe ride to their court hearing or develop a strategy for long-term recovery.

Amanda's Center for Local Resources is another arm of the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff's Victim Services Division. This office remains open after regular court hours to provide victims with an advocate who will ensure they receive the same access to any resources that might benefit them or their family as they would receive during regular hours.

Through Amanda's Center, the division provides referrals and coordination with other community resources and agencies that offer services to victims of domestic violence and their families. Our advocates work closely with these community agencies to best serve the victim and avoid duplication of services.

Please Contact or visit the Victim Services Division for more Information:

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff
Victim Services Division
District Court House, Fourth Floor
150 N. Limestone St.
Lexington, KY 40507
859-252-1771

Amanda's Center

Amanda's Center for Local Resources was opened in October 2012. It was named for Amanda C. L. Ross whose life was tragically cut short by an act of domestic violence. Amanda was a tireless crusader for victims' rights and wanted nothing more than to use her life to help other victims in their time of need. In this spirit, Amanda's family and friends have partnered with the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff to create a place that will act as both safe place and a guide to those dealing with domestic trauma.


911 Cell Phones

The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff collects donated cell phones and chargers in order to redistribute them at no charge to elderly, victimized, and disabled citizens. The cellular telephones that are collected may not be "in service;" however, the 911 emergency dialing functions remain operable. This important service is a lifeline for seniors, victims, and disabled citizens who cannot afford a regular cell phone plan on their own. With one of the 911 cell phones in their possession, these citizens are able to dial 911 in an emergency situation at any time.

Donating Cell Phones

The Office of Sheriff collects used cell phones year round. When donating cell phones, the phone must be accompanied with a charger in order for the phone to operate. If you would like to donate one or more cellular telephones to this program, please contact the Domestic Violence Intake Center at 859-252-1771. Also, you may drop off cell phones with chargers at:

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff
Victim Services Division
District Court House, Fourth Floor
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507
859-252-1771

How to Get a 911 Cell Phone

If you are in need of a 911 emergency cell phone and charger, please contact the Domestic Violence Intake Center at 859-252-1771. There is no fee to obtain a 911 emergency cell phone. There is no operating fee to maintain in order to be able to dial 911 on the cell phone. You can obtain a 911 emergency cell phone at:

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff
Victim Services Division
District Court House, Fourth Floor
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507
859-252-1771