Mayor to Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Lighting of Courthouse
October 28, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Courthouse will be lit purple tonight in an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence. October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“One of the best ways to stop domestic violence is for victims to know that it is not their fault, that there are people ready to help, and that the key to stopping domestic violence is to help victims find safety outside of an abusive relationship,” said Mayor Megan Barry.
Metro Nashville has made considerable investments in recent years to better protect victims of domestic violence. In 2014, the Mayor’s Office and the Metro Council funded and opened Nashville’s first Family Justice Center, the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center in the Ben West building that houses victim advocates who are focused on helping domestic violence victims achieve safety and stability.
“Shedding light on the issue of domestic violence is a key step in the process of helping victims of domestic violence to get the services they need and legal protections they seek,” said Diane Lance, Department Head of the Office of Family Safety. “I appreciate the Mayor’s focus on this issue and the lighting of the Courthouse as a thoughtful reminder to victims that there are people available to provide help.”
Earlier this year, ground was broken on a larger Family Justice Center on Murfreesboro Pike that will open next year. That facility will contain a second Advocacy Center, the Metro Police Department’s Domestic Violence Division, Youth Services Division and Sex Crimes Unit, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and the Nashville Children’s Alliance.
“Helping victims of domestic violence become survivors of domestic violence will continue to be a key focus of the Mayor’s Office,” said Mayor Barry. “I’m grateful for the efforts of our new Office of Family Safety, the Office of the District Attorney General, the Metro Nashville Police Department, as well as great community partners such as the YWCA, You Have the Power, the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, and the faith community for their hard work and dedication to stopping the cycle of domestic violence in Nashville.”
Those who are in an abusive or controlling relationship and are looking for help can call the YWCA Crisis and Information Line at (615) 242-1199.