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The Mary Byron project serves a constituency of crime victims, their family members, spouses, and children, law enforcers, district attorneys, business owners protecting employees against violence in the workplace and citizens at large. We work locally and nationally to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence and bring together diverse perspectives in the search for solutions.



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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.


Congratulations to Trinity High School on winning the Golden Shoe Trophy! Thank you to the Mary Byron Scholars and everyone else that participated, volunteered, and/or showed support from Assumption, St. Xavier, Trinity and DeSales High Schools. You all made this even such a success!

We were able to take some great photos. Click on the link below to view the pictures:


A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is an event to raise awareness about the issue of gender based violence against women and girls.  The event will be a relay race between teams from St. Xavier, Trinity, and DeSales high schools. Boys will compete for the coveted Golden Shoe Trophy, wearing high heels. The event will take place at the Assumption Green Sports and Education Complex, 4500 Champions Trace, Louisville, KY. Donations are welcome and all proceeds benefit the Mary Byron Project. 

The 2014 Assumption High School Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event has been planned to raise community awareness about the issue of teen dating violence.  We recognize that the event is a fun way to raise awareness (with a little competition thrown in) about this issue – but, standing alone, the event is not enough.  Our event is unique because each of the boys’ schools participate in a peer education program prior to the event.  The Mary Byron Scholars work with boys from each of the three schools to create and present a curriculum that addresses the prevalence, dynamics, and resources about teen dating violence.  Our goal is to have young men participate not just for the competition and fun, but to raise awareness about an issue that affects the lives of so many young people.

   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