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Domestic Violence Division

Captain Michelle Richter

Domestic violence is a complex issue and one that many times crosses over into other family and societal dynamics such as: Child/Elder/Mental/Sexual Abuse, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Bullying, Stalking, Cyber Crimes, Human Trafficking/Prostitution and other various Criminal Activities.

It takes a collaborative effort between Victims, Police, Courts, various Metro Departments, Citizens, Clergy, Businesses, Athletes/Coaches and Profit/Non-Profit Agencies in order to be successful in ending the cycle of violence and holding offenders accountable.

Studies have shown that 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime and 1 in 5 women are raped in their lifetime. The majority of rapes are by someone that is known and is one of the most under reported crimes.

Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten. Although we know that women are the majority of our victims we are also aware that men are impacted from these crimes as well:1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped in their lifetime and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Additionally, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults, thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation.

It takes a collaborative effort to be positive role models in order to “Change a Culture" - a culture that is portrayed as tolerating violence against women. Please join us in making an effort to "Change the Culture."

Captain Michelle Richter
MNPD Domestic Violence Division

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Domestic Violence Documents

Call 615-880-3000 8 a.m.–10 p.m., 615-862-8600 after 10 p.m.

The Domestic Violence Section of the Metro Nashville Police Department thinks that you should know some of the warning signs of Domestic Abuse and the responses you can receive. Look through our sections below and see if there are multiple warning signs that are occurring in your life. Then look to see the responses available, which can help you and your family out of this type of situation. Remember domestic violence does not tend to end but escalate in both severity and frequency the longer a victim waits before taking action. There is help and information available for you to break this cycle of violence.

Call 615-880-3000 if you need domestic violence or counseling assistance. Phones are manned from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening investigators who may be in at other hours. For police non-emergency assistance, call 615-862-8600; Call 911 if you have a police emergency.


There are resources available for you. You are not alone. In an emergency situation, always call 911. Emergency situations can include a recent threat of violence, a recent act of violence, or if you or someone else is in imminent danger. For non-emergency number from the Nashville Police Department 615-862-8600

If you are a victim of non-consensual pornography that resides in the US, call our toll-free helpline anytime for support and advice: 844-878-CCRI (2274)

The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project: supporting immigrant women and children through education and policy advocacy.

View a list of community contacts: developed for citizens seeking assistance.

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: 1-800-656-4673

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Nashville Area YWCA Domestic Violence Support Groups

Smart 911 Domestic Violence Poster / Information

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