1971 - 1993
The Mary Byron Project (MBP), a 501 (c)(3) public non-profit charity, was established in 2000 in memory of a young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of a groundbreaking system of automated victim notification technology.
On the evening of December 6, 1993, Mary Byron was murdered on her 21st birthday at her workplace by her ex-boyfriend. The Mary Byron Project is committed to honoring her memory by educating businesses and our communities about the cost we all bear for workplace violence-- violence that many times could be prevented. We are working with the Kentucky Commission on Women and the Kentucky State Police to provide training, materials, and individualized resources through our new WorkSafe Project. We will take this initiative statewide, and, in accordance with our mission, encourage other states to replicate our model.
Although located in Louisville, Kentucky, our focus is a national one. We know that domestic violence is an epidemic throughout the United States, but few communities are able to find the will and resources to do much more than provide crisis management (shelter, criminal justice solutions, batterers’ intervention, etc.). Realizing that domestic violence is a generational crime, producing new batterers who have grown up with batterers as models, the Mary Byron Project knows this approach is not enough.
Each year, we provide monetary awards throughout the country to organizations searching for answers and successfully finding them. In addition, we serve as a state and national thought leader on domestic violence, with a database of programs throughout the country that are attacking this crime in groundbreaking ways.
We serve a constituency comprised of crime victims, their family members, spouses and children, law enforcers, district attorneys and business owners protecting employees against violence in the workplace and citizens at large.| |