Coordinators To Strengthen Area’s Support System for Domestic Violence Victims
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s 15 newest domestic violence victim witness coordinators, who will work with domestic violence victims across the state, recently completed training focused on ways to recognize the signs of domestic violence, how domestic violence cases are prosecuted and how to keep victims safe.
“Victims of domestic violence are often ashamed or frightened to come forward,” said 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant. “Our hope is that, as our communities see what is being done to strengthen Tennessee’s support systems for domestic abuse victims, those victims will be more confident in making their voices heard.”
The training, hosted by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, was also completed by seven Assistant District Attorneys who prosecute domestic violence cases, and included a panel discussion led by 16th District Assistant District Attorney Sarah Davis (serving Cannon and Rutherford counties).
“The training this group received is a newly designed model,” General Dunavant said. “It was created specifically for incoming coordinators who will be working with domestic abuse victims. This group was the first to receive the training, and I’m proud to say that Erin Allen and Lindsey Williams, who serve us here in Tipton County, participated.”
The coordinators and the training are funded by a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice programs. The goal of the new victim witness coordinators and the training is to ensure that, as domestic violence victims come forward, they are quickly connected with a professional who is able to offer the necessary support.
If you know a victim of domestic violence, please visit http://tndagc.org/ to find the best contact in your local district.
This article originally appeared as a press release from Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General.