Department Chair: Diane S. Lance
The mission of Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County’s Office of Family Safety is to oversee the services provided by the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center, guide the implementation of the Metropolitan Government’s current and future safety and accountability assessment report(s), and assist in the coordination of services provided to domestic violence and sexual assault victims by Metropolitan Government and nonprofit agencies.
Goals of the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center
Increase the safety of domestic violence victims.
Provide a safe, supportive, and convenient location for victims where they can:
- wait while preparing for court hearings
- obtain victim-centered services that increase safety and foster empowerment by offering opportunities for victims to get additional help and support in one location
- receive domestic violence education and referrals
- apply for orders of protection
- be safely navigated to court
Make court a safe environment for victims, and create a supportive environment for victims to receive additional services while waiting for court.
Work in collaboration with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide comprehensive services to victims of family violence who are utilizing the criminal or civil court systems in Davidson County.
Facilitate increased collaboration between professional non-profit partners and Metro Departments that serve domestic violence victims.
Provide domestic violence practitioners a place to staff high risk domestic violence and elder abuse cases, hold domestic assault death review meetings, and allow prosecutors to meet with victims in a private safe location away from their abuser.
Reduce incidents of domestic violence and homicides attributed to domestic violence.
The Jean Crowe Advocacy Center is a secure, safe facility.
100 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 114
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
About Jean Crowe
The Advocacy Center was named after Jean Crowe, who helped start the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence and spent much of her career as an attorney representing low-income domestic violence victims, including her time at Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.
Jean Crowe was one of the people who asked Mayor Karl Dean to undertake a safety and accountability assessment of the Metro departments involved in responding to domestic violence in Nashville.
The creation of the Advocacy Center and the services it provides are a direct result of the recommendations in the assessment report.