Domestic Violence 101

As the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state of Tennessee, our staff are the regional leaders for DV education. This in-depth training will give you a better understanding of the crisis of domestic violence in our country, what some of the warning signs are, and the resources you have if you or someone you know ends up in an abusive situation. With a mix of research and anecdotal knowledge, this training will equip you to evaluate and respond comprehensively if you encounter domestic violence.

To book a DV 101 session, contact Allison Adams via email.

Request a Ring Device

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is providing  home security tools to help keep victims of abuse safe. Ring, whose mission is to make neighborhoods safer, is donating up to 1,000 Ring Video Doorbells and Security Cameras to YWCA, the largest provider of domestic violence services in Tennessee. YWCA staff and designated community advocates will share the devices with individuals and families along with a free Ring Protect Plan subscription for the life of each device as an additional component of safety planning.  Approved agencies click here to request a Ring device for client(s).

Please contact Allison Adams via email with questions or for more information.

Download our Domestic Violence Info Fliers (English & Spanish) 

Helping a Friend TriFold | EnglishSpanish

Domestic Violence Info Rack Card  | English & Spanish 

Domestic Violence Tear-Off for Bulletin Boards / Restroom Doors

Click on the links below for the Shear Haven Tear-Off resources:

U.S. DV Hotline Number (PDF)   / U.S. DV Hotline Number SPANISH (PDF)

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Crisis & Support Helpline (PDF)

U.K/Ireland Crisis Numbers (PDF)

Australia Crisis Number (PDF)

United Nations Crisis  Info Tear-Off (PDF) 

Domestic Violence in Tennessee

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Statistics Unit’s 2020 Crime in Tennessee Report:

  • Nearly 50% of all crimes against persons were domestic violence offenses.
  • 59% of all female-victim homicides were domestic violence related.
  • 55% of all victims of domestic-violence homicides were female.

To read the most current information, please refer to TBI’s Domestic Violence 2021 report.

According to the Nashville-Davidson County Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Assessment—Closing Safety Gaps for Domestic Violence Victims, the tangible costs of domestic violence in Tennessee have been estimated to be as much as $151 million annually.

National Statistics

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • About 1 in 4 women (24.3%)and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their lifetime.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives .
  • More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).

According to the Violence Policy Center, Tennessee ranks 7th in the nation (tied with Georgia) for the number of women murdered by men. To view the most recent VPC data, click here.

The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the chance that a woman will be murdered by 500%, according to “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From a Multisite Case Control Study” published by the American Journal of Public Health.

For more information on DV in the United States, download the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Factsheet from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.