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U.S. Attorney's Office For The Eastern District Of Tennessee Marks Observance Of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On October 19th, U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III, joins the U.S. Department of Justice in commemorating DVAM, paying tribute to victims and survivors, and saluting the dedication of advocates, service providers, justice professionals, law enforcement officers, and first responders who tirelessly work in support of survivors.

Domestic violence, dating violence, and intimate partner violence can have long-lasting impacts and consequences. Approximately one in four women and one in seven men will experience severe domestic violence in their lifetimes; however, rates are disproportionately higher for American Indian and Alaska Native populations, women of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two-spirit people, and people with disabilities. DVAM provides an opportunity to spread awareness about domestic violence and encourage everyone to play a role in ending gender-based violence.

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and/or stalking, many services are available to help. Find your state’s coalition, which can direct you to local resources, services, and opportunities to get involved and help others.

There are also hotlines available, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline (call 1-800-799-7233, TTY 1-800-787-3224, or text “START” to 88788), the StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1-844-7NATIVE (or 1-844-762-8483), which provides culturally-appropriate services and advocacy to American Indian and Alaska Native survivors, the National Sexual Assault Hotline (call 1-800-656-4673), and VictimConnect (call or text 1-855-484-2846).



Rachelle Barnes
Public Affairs Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated October 19, 2023

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