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Metro Office of Family Safety Announces Temporary Changes to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

For Immediate Release

Contact: Diane Lance (615.880.1100)

METRO OFFICE OF FAMILY SAFETY ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CHANGES TO
SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Vital Services for Victims of Interpersonal Violence Remain Accessible

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 23, 2020) – In an effort to promote social distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Metro Office of Family Safety is making several changes to its operations effective immediately. During this time, vital supports for victims of interpersonal violence will remain accessible, although with modifications to help ensure the health of staff and community members.

  • Nashville’s Court based Family Safety Center, the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center, will suspend its on-site operations until further notice. Those victims appearing for court will be able to work with an Office of Family Safety Advocate by phone.
  • The Metro Office of Family Safety will continue to assist clients at Nashville’s Family Safety Center at 610 Murfreesboro Pike for in-person Order of Protection assistance and assistance by phone for other advocacy needs. Distancing precautions will be taken for the safety of all clients and staff.
  • Procedures are in place for the continuity of core responsibilities that must be completed daily.  Three key functions that will receive specialized attention include:  1) Order of Protection assistance; 2) emergency advocacy assistance; and 3) high risk intervention panel (conducted remotely) and case flagging for high risk concerns.

“Safety risks for victims of domestic violence increase during times of community crisis as stress and isolation increase,” Diane Lance, director of the Metro Office of Family Safety, said. “In this particular case, where everyone is being told to stay at home, we have to recognize that home is not a safe place for everyone in our community. We want to send a clear message to anyone in an abusive relationship that we are here to help, and that has not changed. Victims are urged to call 9-1-1 if they are in immediate danger. Any other time, they can call our office to speak with an advocate. Our phones are answered 24/7 with help outside of normal business hours from the Tennessee Domestic Violence Hotline.”

The Metro Office of Family Safety can be reached at 615-880-1100.

Adaptations, postponements, and cancellations of other services will be posted on our website www.ofs.nashville.gov and our social media (Facebook @OfficeofFamilySafety).

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Tennessee Ranks 5th for Men Murdering Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tennessee Ranks 5th for Men Murdering Women

Most victims were murdered by a man they knew

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2019) — Tennessee is one of the most dangerous states for women, ranking 5th in the nation for women killed by men, according to the latest When Men Murder Women Report released by the Violence Policy Center this week.

The report analyzes national homicide data submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by local law enforcement agencies. The most recent data available shows 69 Tennessee women were murdered by men in 2017. Of those, 90 percent were killed by a man they knew and 76 percent were killed with guns. This reflects the highest percentage of Tennessee women killed by men with guns in the last 10 years. In comparison, 65 women were murdered by men in 2016 and 52 percent of victims were killed with guns.

The number of women in Metro Nashville-Davidson County killed by men with guns has continued to increase in recent years as well. In 2017, nine women in Nashville were killed by men in domestic violence homicides. Five of the nine women were killed with firearms.

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Team Releases Annual Report Reviewing Domestic Violence Homicides

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEAM RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT REVIEWING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 7, 2019) – Today the Nashville-Davidson County Domestic Abuse Death Review Team (DADRT), co-chaired by Metro Nashville’s Office of Family Safety and Metro Nashville Police Department’s Domestic Violence Division, released its 2017 annual report which recounts and analyzes in detail the events leading up to a domestic violence homicide that occurred in Nashville.

The annual report serves as a continual safety assessment for Nashville-Davidson County and includes recommendations to improve domestic violence prevention and response from the findings of the review.

The homicide selected for the report involved multiple contacts with the criminal justice system. The selected case also involved an extensive history of abuse of the victim committed by the perpetrator. This case is indicative of the increase in incidents of domestic violence-related murder-suicide that took place in Nashville in 2017 and across the state.

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