The Kentucky Commission on Women is dedicated to
elevating the status of women and girls in the Commonwealth,
empowering them to overcome barriers to equity, and
expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

Health and Critical Resources

The resources listed below are organizations that provide healthcare and/or support in times of crisis for women in Kentucky.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program of the Department for Public Health provides breast and cervical screening and follow-up services, professional education, public education, outreach, quality assurance and surveillance. Screening and follow-up services are provided by local health care professionals through contracts with local health departments.

Center for the Advancement of Women's Health
The Well Woman Clinic at the University of Kentucky, available to healthy women between the ages of 40-64, offers annual exams and tests completed in one appointment. Visit a physician specializing in women's health for:

  • Annual exam and pap smear
  • Laboratory tests as needed (blood/urine analysis)
  • Mammogram screening
  • DEXA bone density exam/interpretation (>50 years)

Check Your Genes
Together we can fight hereditary cancer by preventing it from happening to others. We can encourage everyone to know their family history of cancer and seek genetic counseling if they think they’re at risk.

Hope Center - Lexington

  • Food, shelter and clothing for people who are homeless
  • Recovery for those who are addicted
  • Health Services for those who are sick
  • Diagnosis and treatment for those who are mentally ill
  • Employment services for those who can work
  • Transitional housing for those who are on their way back and permanent housing for those who need it
  • Housing, child care and higher education opportunity for single parent families

Kentucky River Community Care
A private nonprofit community mental health center dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people in their region by providing mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and trauma services. KRCC serves Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe counties.

Pink Link​ (social community for breast cancer survivors)
Whether you’re looking for financial assistance, services, or just information, start here! This page is not only for survivors – here you’ll find help for caregivers, spouses, and children, as well.

Self-Care: Learning how to do a gynecological self exam
Learn how to do a gynecological self-exam, so that you can observe your own cervix and the natual changes that occur over time. A self cervical exam is not a replacement for regular pap smears, nor does it substitutes for screenng for sexually tansmitted infections, both of which rely on microscopic analysis of cells.

The Women's Center - Bowling Green
Free health screenings: Annual, free health screenings of blood pressure, blood sugar level, lipid profile and body fat analysis. This invaluable service is not meant to replace regular visits to a personal physician but to complement that care through regular monitoring of basic health indicators.

The Women's Center - Franklin
The Medical Center at Franklin is a 25-bed acute care hospital providing both inpatient and outpatient services including a 24-hour, full service emergency room.

The Women's Center - Scottsville
The Medical Center at Scottsville offers convenient access to experienced doctors, quality healthcare services and health information. Community members have access to first-rate inpatient and outpatient services including a 24-hour, full-service emergency room.

Substance Abuse Services

Chrysalis House (Substance Abuse and Recovery Treatment)
Chrysalis House is Kentucky’s largest licensed substance abuse treatment program, specializing in treating pregnant and parenting women. It allows mothers to keep their newborns and toddlers on-site with them while in residential treatment.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, Chrysalis House provides mental health treatment, case management, domestic violence counseling, computer training, GED tutoring, vocational training and job placement assistance, access to medical care, housing assistance, and children’s services.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Search for a facility near you
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can find help and support at the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center. Free and confidential services are available by calling the toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.656.4673. Counselors are always available to provide support, information, education, and referrals. The center also provides medical advocacy, legal advocacy, crisis counseling, therapy, and group programs.

The Center for Women and Families
The Center for Women and Families provides trauma-informed advocacy and support for individuals, families and communities affected by intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Supportive Services include: crisis response phone line for immediate safety planning and assistance 24 hours/day, 365 days/year at 844.237.2331.

  • Emergency shelter for individuals and their children
  • Sexual assault services, which includes 24-hour on-site advocacy at area hospitals to victims of sexual assault
  • Advocacy and support, to work with clients to address immediate and long-term emotional, physical and mental effects of the abuse they have experienced
  • Housing for families that lack safe long-term housing options after moving from an emergency shelter. The center also supports clients in finding permanent housing and providing financial and case management assistance through our rapid rehousing programs
  • Direct services and assistance to children who have been victimized by exposure to intimate partner violence

Domestic Violence - Legal Options
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you have legal options. The court may issue a protective order which can limit or stop all contact with an abusive individual. Domestic Violence includes physical injury, sexual abuse, assault, or threats to physically injury, sexually abuse or assault.

FBI - Louisville, Ky. office: email

Find a safe house
Listing of shelters, transitional housing, residential treatment centers and women's residential services

Franklin County Women's Shelter
The Franklin County Women’s Shelter provides shelter, support, and services to homeless women and children in Franklin County and surrounding communities. It also provides services to community members who are at-risk of homelessness.

Greenhouse 17
Trained crisis counselors are available to help people harmed by intimate partner abuse any time of the day, every day of the year. Crisis intervention and stabilization services offered include:

  • 24-hour hotline, 800.544.2022
  • Emergency shelter
  • Legal advocacy
  • Individual and group support
  • Medical and dental treatment
  • Budget and credit counseling
  • Supportive housing services
  • Transportation assistance

The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) is the coalition of Kentucky's 13 Regional Rape Crisis Centers. KASAP serves as a central point of contact on sexual violence issues in Kentucky. KASAP DOES NOT PROVIDE CRISIS SERVICES. If you or someone you know is in danger, PLEASE contact 911 or your local police. For advocacy, counseling and referrals, find your local rape crisis center or contact the national RAINN hotline at 800.656.HOPE.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) provides a strong, statewide voice on behalf of survivors and their children. KCADV administers state and federal funds to its 15 member programs, runs a certification program for all domestic violence program staff including 30 hours of classroom instruction, and operates an Economic Empowerment Program serving survivors across the state. KCADV also advocates on domestic violence-related issues at the state and federal levels, coordinates an annual conference with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault programs, and provides resources, training, and technical assistance to its member programs.

Women's Crisis Center (Locations in Covington, Florence, Carrollton, Maysville and Williamstown)
The Women’s Crisis Center serves all individuals who have experienced domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault, at no cost and with the highest level of confidentiality to all survivors—inclusive of people of all genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.


Health and Critical Resources