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Seg. 1: Kansas City Victims Now More Free To Move. Seg. 2: KC Federal Reserve Bank's Esther George.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
For domestic violence victims needing to change their residence, the Rose Brooks Center's Kristy Baughman says, "if shelter seems like the safest place for them to come, if they can't get out of their lease, they might not come."

Segment 1: Tenants suffering domestic violence will be able to break their rental agreements without penalty.

Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking can often benefit from a change of address, but many are unable to leave because breaking their lease leaves them open to retaliatory actions by a landlord. Kansas City, Missouri, just made it possible with the passage of a new ordinance for tenants in these situations to move to safer surroundings without fear of penalty. We looked at the need for this new law, and resources that exist for abuse sufferers and survivors to find alternate housing.

Victims of domestic violence can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233. Kansas City area residents can reach the Rose Brooks Center at 816-861-6100.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:30: "Making sure you are talking to people on the ground," is essential for president of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Those who head the Federal Reserve banks around the country are always looking ahead — 18 to 24 months ahead — when it comes to making decisions that will affect America's economy and financial stability. Esther George laid out her thoughts on the strength of our current economy, interest rates and the impact of the tax cuts.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will host 'Bridging the Digital Divide: An Economic Imperative for the 21st Century,' 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8. The free event is at capacity but you can livestream the event via YouTube. Visit KansasCityFed.org for more information.

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