Domestic Violence Resources Within Reach

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It is estimated that an act of violence occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. Each year, 150,000 incidents of domestic violence in America involve a firearm and 3.9 million women in America are abused annually.

What medical experts know is that most folks want to provide a safe environment for their families, spouses and children. Yet, we also know that good intentions don't always end well. It is estimated that an act of violence occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. Each year, 150,000 incidents of domestic violence in America involve a firearm and 3.9 million women in America are abused annually. More women are beaten, raped and killed by current or former intimate partners than by anyone else.

Children who witness domestic violence suffer behavioral and psychiatric problems. Boys especially are more likely to become aggressive and engage in criminal behavior. In America, the cost of treating domestic violence injuries amounts to $31 billion per year. At least half of all battered women are abused when they are pregnant. Most all females in alcohol rehabilitation programs are victims of partner or parental violence. If you see or hear an incidence of domestic violence, please report it. Men may also be victims of violence, but these situations are underreported.

What can you do? If you are a manager, consider inviting a speaker to your workplace to speak on subjects that help resolve marital and relationship conflicts. If you are a peer leader, remember that early treatment is critical to reducing incidents of domestic violence. If you are a supervisor, learn to recognize the symptoms of abuse and discuss a safety plan. If you are a victim, contact the local Family Advocacy Office or call 911 in an emergency. If you feel that you are losing control, GET HELP and STOP THE VIOLENCE (Billups & Billups, 1999).

IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are at home and are being threatened or attacked:

  1. Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives);
  2. Stay away from the bathroom, closet or small spaces where the abuser can trap you;
  3. Get to a room with a door or window to escape;
  4. Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher's name; 5. Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help;
  5. If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name and badge number;
  6. Get medical help if you are hurt;
  7. Take pictures of bruises or injuries; and/or
  8. Call a domestic violence program or shelter and ask for help.

PROTECTING YOURSELF AT HOME

  1. Memorize emergency phone numbers;
  2. Keep a phone in a room that can be locked from the inside; if possible, get a cellular phone that you can keep with you all the time;
  3. Plan an escape route and teach it to your children;
  4. Pack a bag with important things you'd need if you have to leave quickly; and
  5. Include cash, car keys and important information such as: court papers, passport, birth certificates, and medical records.

KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE

  1. Teach them not to get in the middle of the fight;
  2. Teach them how to get to safety;
  3. Teach them who to call for help;
  4. Teach them to stay out of the kitchen;
  5. Give the principal at school or the daycare a copy of any applicable court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; and
  6. Make sure the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE.

 

Quick Statewide Links

Adult Protective Services 888-277-8366

AARDVARC An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection

Child Support Enforcement 615-313-4880

Crime Victim Compensation Program 615-741-2734
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council 615-386-9406
Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 800-356-6767

Task Force Against Domestic Violence 800-289-9018
Tennessee Justice Center 615-255-0331

Unchained - Residential Program for Sex Traffic Victims 480-258-2777


 

Tennessee County Resources

 

COUNTY

PROGRAM & LINK

PHONE

Anderson County

DADV Program
YWCA Family Violence Program (Oak Ridge)

865-457-2561
865-482-0005


Bedford County

Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

866-898-0171


Blount County

Haven House (Alcoa)

865-982-1087


Bradley County

Family Resource Agency/Harbor Safehouse (Cleveland)

423-476-3886


Campbell County

House of Hope (Jacksboro)

888-844-HOPE


Cannon County

Domestic Violence Program

615-896-2012


Cheatham County

DV Intervention Center
United Methodist Ministry

615-255-0711
931-648-9090


Chester County

Domestic Violence Services

731-989-7108

Choctaw County

Crisis Intervention (Cooksville)

800-281-4943


Claiborne County

C.E.A.S.E. (Tazewell)

800-304-2220


Cocke County

Safe Space

800-244-5968


Coffee County

Contact Life Line
Haven of Hope (Manchester)
Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

800-454-8336
931-728-1133
866-898-0171


Cumberland County

Avalon Center (Crossville)
Cumberland Mountain Mental Health

800-641-3434
800-279-7977


Davidson County

Center Against Abusive Behavior
Centerstone Mental Health
Domestic Violence Intervention Center
Mary Parrish Center (Nashville)
Morning Star Sanctuary (Madison)
New Horizons
Survivors Against Violent Environments (Nashville)
Ujima House (Nashville)
YWCA Shelter & DV Program (Nashville)

615-256-1904
615-460-4000
615-255-0711
615-256-5959
615-860-0003
615-242-4550
615-202-5252
615-242-9260
800-334-4628


Decatur County

Domestic Violence Services

731-852-2461


Dickson County

DV Intervention Center
Lindy Mayo Center

615-255-0711
615-763-6227


Dyer County

Northwest Safeline (Dyersburg)

800-957-0055


Fayette County

Domestic Violence Services
The Journey Center (Somerville)

901-465-5243
901-466-0015


Fentress County

Family Mission (Jamestown)

888-880-3020


Franklin County

Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

866-898-0171


Gibson County

Women's Resource Program (Trenton)

800-273-8712


Grainger County

C.E.A.S.E.

800-304-2220


Grundy County

Appalachian Women's Guild (Tracy City)
Families in Crisis
Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

931-592-8558
800-675-0766
866-898-0717


Hamblen County

C.E.A.S.E. (Morristown)

423-581-2220


Hamilton County

Partnership for Families (Chattanooga)

423-755-2700


Hancock County

C.E.A.S.E.

800-304-2220

Hardeman County

Domestic Violence Services

731-658-5291


Hawkins County

C.E.A.S.E.

800-304-2220


Haywood County

Domestic Violence Services

731-772-0463


Henderson County

Domestic Violence Services

731-968-8148


Henry County

Damascus Road (Paris)

731-644-0564

Hickman County

Women Are Safe

800-470-1117


Houston County

United Methodist Ministry

931-648-9090


Jefferson County

Safe Space

800-244-5968


Johnson County

Safe Haven

423-727-1914


Knox County

Family Crisis Center (Knoxville)
Salvation Army Women's Shelter (Knoxville)
Serenity Shelter (Knoxville)
STOP Violence
YWCA Victim Advocacy (Knoxville)

865-637-8000
865-522-4673
865-971-4673
800-445-6538
865-523-6126


Lauderdale County

The Crossroads Project
Tina Turner Family Abuse Center

731-221-1005
731-635-8782


Lawrence County

The Shelter (Lawrenceburg)

931-762-1115


Lincoln County

Hannah's House
Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

931-438-0701
866-898-0171


Loudon County

Domestic Violence Crisis Center (Lenoir City)

865-988-7867


Madison County

Domestic Violence Services
Women's Resource Program (Jackson)
W. TN Legal Services (Jackson)

731-423-3020
800-273-8712
800-372-8346


Maury County

Hope House (Columbia)

931-381-8580


McMinn County

The H.O.P.E. Center (Athens)

423-745-5289


McNairy County

Domestic Violence Services
W. TN Legal Services

731-645-3474
731-645-7961


Montgomery County

DV Intervention Center
United Methodist Ministry
Urban Ministries Safehouse (Clarksville)

615-255-0711
931-648-9090
931-552-6900


Moore County

Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

866-898-0171


Morgan County

Avalon Center

800-641-3434


Pickett County

Family Mission

888-880-3020


Putnam County

Genesis House (Cookeville)
Plateau Counseliing Center

800-727-5197
800-281-4943


Rhea County

Avalon Center for Battered Women, Inc. (Dayton)

800-641-3434


Robertson County

Domestic Violence Intervention Center
HomeSafe (Springfield)

615-255-0711
615-382-0829


Rutherford County

Domestic Violence Intervention Center
Domestic Violence Program (Murfreesboro)

615-255-0711
615-896-2012


Scott County

Women's Shelter (Hunstville)

423-569-3333


Sevier County

Safe Space (Sevierville)

800-244-5968


Shelby County

CAAP Domestic Violence Programs (Memphis)
YWCA of Greater Memphis

901-272-2221
901-725-4277


Sequatchie County

Families in Crisis

800-675-0766


Sumner County

Cumberland Health Services
HomeSafe (Gallatin)

615-452-1354
615-452-4315


Stewart County

United Methodist Ministry

931-648-9090


Sullivan County

Abuse Alternative (Bristol)
Safe House (Kingsport)

423-764-2287
423-246-2273


Sumner County

DV Intervention Center
Home Safe

615-255-0711
615-452-5439


Tipton County

Domestic Violence Services

901-476-0235


Trousdale County

Cumberland Health Services

615-444-4300


Unicoi County

CHIPS (Erwin)

423-388-8281


Union County

C.E.A.S.E.

800-304-2220


Van Buren County

Avalon Center

800-641-3434


Warren County

Cheer Mental Health Center
Dept. of Human Services Assistance
Families in Crisis (McMinnville)
Legal Aid Society/Middle Tennessee

800-281-4943
931-473-9633
800-675-0766
866-898-0171


Washington County

Safe Passage (Johnson City)

423-926-7233


Weakley County

Development Council (Dresden)

888-282-4283


White County

Gracemoor, Inc.

931-837-7233


Williamson County

BRIDGES (Franklin)

615-599-5777


Wilson County

Adult Protective Services
Crisis Intervention
Cumberland Mental Health DV Services
HomeSafe (Lebanon)
Legal Aid Society

615-443-2747
615-298-3359
615-444-4300
615-444-8955
615-444-5221

 

Reference:

Billups, A. D., & Billups, L. (1999). Domestic violence from a safety perspective. Combat Edge, 8(7), 16.