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Domestic Abuse

givingmatters.com
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Nancy VanReece

on 6 September 2011

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Domestic Abuse the dream of relationship, s h t t e r e d a Victims of domestic violence are often reluctant to go to authorities for help because they want to sustain "the dream of the relationship," said Capt. Rita Baker of the Nashville Police Department’s Domestic Violence Division. Their motivation "could be love or it could be terror." What often keeps domestic violence victims in an abusive situation is their hope and dreams for the relationship. At the same time, they may fear harm, isolation or social repercussions if they leave the relationship or involve the authorities. Individuals typically return to their abusers an average of 7-9 times before leaving for good. It is estimated that one of five workdays missed by women is related to domestic violence. 1 5 Statistics The average rate of substantiated child abuse is 3.6 children per 1,000 in Middle Tennessee, compared to 5.6 children per 1,000 statewide. Williamson County had the lowest rate (1.4) in Middle Tennessee and Davidson County had the highest (7.7.) The Metro Nashville Police Department receives roughly 20,000 calls about domestic violence situations each year. Nearly one-third of women in the U.S. report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Every day, almost 100 children are reported abused or neglected in Tennessee. People Reaching Out Will find help photo (c) Chat in The Hat • Support victim assistance programs.
• Ensure the community is aware of available prevention services and their positive impact. • Support organizations providing transportation to court, counseling and support services for victims of abuse and neglect.
• Encourage employer-based violence and abuse prevention training programs.
• Aid victims of elder abuse by funding transportation, food, visits, and phone calls.
• Sponsor child care for people who need counseling or who want to attend prevention classes, or volunteer with an organization that provides child care.
• Support efforts to recruit, hire and train multilingual prevention and treatment professionals.
• Provide financial assistance to domestic violence shelters and counseling programs that are in danger of closing due to funding cuts. How You Can Help givingmatters.com Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe Davidson County/ Metro Police Domestic Violence Div
Call (615) 880-3000 8am-10pm
(615) 862-8600 after 10pm 7.7 per 1000 20,000 33.3% 100 7 to 9 givingmatters.com Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate
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