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Domestic violence is an epidemic that impacts individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.
In the United States…
1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.
3 women are killed each day by a man who says he loves her.
15.5 million children witness domestic violence each year.
In the state of Tennessee…
More than half of crimes against persons are domestic violence-related.
Tennessee ranks 4th in the nation for the rate at which men kill women.
Metro Nashville Police respond to a domestic violence call every 20 minutes.
The crisis is real. Domestic violence does not discriminate.
Domestic violence is any pattern of behaviors that attempts to control and intimidate a partner or family member through fear, manipulation, isolation, financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or verbal abuse.
Domestic violence does not always manifest as physical abuse. Emotional and psychological abuse can often be just as extreme as physical violence. Lack of physical violence does not mean the abuser is any less dangerous to the victim, nor does it mean the victim is any less trapped by the abuse.