A new office at the University of Kentucky is expected to focus on policies aimed at reducing sexual assault. Carol Jordan, who's worked for decades on women's safety issues, heads the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.
Jordan anticipates working with officials in state government agencies. "And I think having opportunities to share data and to share policy research can also be of assistance when they're trying to look for funding priorities, I think we can be in the business of providing them with assistance in that as well," said Jordan.
Jordan says a women's safety study a couple of years ago found sexual assault victims who filed criminal reports did so in the first 24 hours, or didn't at all. "That's a small piece of data, but it's a kernel of information that, to me, where I on the practice side, boy that would tell me a lot about what my services needed to look like," added Jordan.
Work to see emergency protective orders available for dating partners may take on a different look in the future. "Dating violence" bills have been before state lawmakers for years and Jordan says many states have incorporated dating violence language into existing law.
But, she says there is another option. "If you look, stand back a little bit, and look at what states have done in other areas, what states have done for stalking victims, what states have done for rape victims as well as dating violence victims, there are other ways to do it," said Jordan. "So it may be that we would want to bring these kinds of civil orders to a whole new chapter of law".
Jordan sees the work in her office including sexual assault policy discussions with state lawmakers, judges, and officials in state agencies.