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The Well of Lexington is still open and assisting those in need to connect them with resources. All updated resources (food, employment, child care, and more) are located on their website at, their Facebook, and their Instagram page. If you are in need of more immediate assistance, please call 859-334-0571. If you are in a situation where you cannot speak on the phone, you can text that same number, or email If you see any signs of human trafficking and want to report, please contact 911 first and then the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888.

COVID updates for survivors of sexual assault: advocacy and support are still available. Rape crisis centers across Kentucky are continuing to provide advocacy and support for survivors of sexual assault. This will look different for each program, but you can always get in contact with your local program's support line at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673). Sexual assault forensic exams are emergency medical care. If you are in need of one (also known as a rape kit), please seek care. For the safety of staff and survivors, hospital advocacy by rape crisis centers may be provided by phone rather than in person. Hospital should still be connecting survivors with an advocate. Any survivor or loved one may contact a program 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673).

Greenhouse 17's emergency domestic violence shelter is still open and their hotline can be reached 24/7 at 800-544-2022. 

The Center for Women and Families (emergency shelter), serving Louisville and the surrounding counties, is still accepting clients and has also instituted temperature checks at its domestic violence shelter and has reserved a room for quarantining, if needed. They have scaled back some of their therapy services, and are no longer providing in-person hospital advocacy for people getting rape kit exams. If victims are worried about going to the hospital right now, they can always get a rape kit exam at the Center itself, at 927 S 2nd St. in Louisville.

The state’s crisis lines, which can be found at, are open and staffed 24/7. They are prepared to offer people resources as they need them. National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE.

We are still here for you. We are in this together.

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The Thistle National Network is a growing community of circles across the nation and around the world that believes that, in the end, Love is the most powerful force for change in the world. We create opportunities for healing and empowerment for survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We want to change a culture that still allows human beings to be bought and sold. The Network meets a universal call for healing that echoes under bridges, in jail cells, and on the streets of our communities. Survivors of trafficking, prostitution, abuse and addiction share a story that has been universal since the beginning of time. It takes communities to place individuals in these situations, and it takes community to provide healing and empowerment to Survivors. We are this community.

Sister Organizations work towards the following goals so that survivors of trafficking, prostitution, addiction and abuse can sustain healing and empowerment:

  1. Unify and amplify the voice of Survivors.
  2. Better understand the problems at hand through shared data & experience.
  3. Coordinate and facilitate opportunities for Sister Organizations to support one another.
  4. Promote quality service to Survivors through the measurement and reporting of common outcomes.
  5. Determine and disseminate best practices in service to Survivors by utilizing aggregate data.



Local community support, like yours, is the only way we are able to continue serving our community. Each month, The Well of Lexington has seen a steady increase in the number of women survivors of sex trafficking and at-risk families in Kentucky and surrounding areas. We are averaging approximately 73 families per month in need of our Box of LOVE Program. We appreciate your generosity and kindness. If you would like to make a monthly or one-time financial donation, please click on the donate button below. You will be re-directed to our PayPal account.

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