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The Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is a private nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans through public policy, advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence.
As a statewide organization, the Coalition serves:
- Domestic violence and sexual assault programs
- Community groups and organizations
- Criminal justice agencies
- Allied professionals (medical, legal, mental health, etc.)
- Individuals seeking information and resources
- Immigrant victims of domestic or sexual violence, stalking or trafficking
- Technical Assistance
- Curriculum and Resource Development
- Public Policy Advocacy
- Newsletter Publication
- Regional Educational and Networking Opportunities
- Resource Library
- Speaker's Bureau
- Toll-free Information Line
- Immigrant Legal Clinic
The mission of the Coalition is to end domestic and sexual violence in the lives of Tennesseans and to change societal attitudes and institutions that promote and condone violence, through public policy advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address such violence.
The Coalition originated in 1983 as the Tennessee Coalition Task Force Against Domestic Violence. In June 1, 2000, the Tennessee Coalition Task Force Against Domestic Violence merged with the Tennessee Coalition Against Sexual Assault to become the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The merger resulted as an effort to better serve victims of violence.
Since its inception, the Coalition has expanded the number of programs serving victims of domestic and sexual violence from five to sixty-five. These programs provide services to 60,000 victims annually. The Coalition has advocated for more than 80 new laws improving safety for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Agency initiatives include establishing a Women's Resource Center on domestic violence and sexual assault, coordinating and implementing a statewide Rape Aggression Defense Program, launching the first statewide public awareness campaign targeting domestic and sexual assault and establishing an Immigrant Legal Clinic providing legal advice and representation to immigrant and trafficked victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Coalition established and continues to manage two statewide councils. The Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council is responsible for developing model policies and training curriculums for law enforcement agencies and the courts, and rules for certified batterer's intervention programs. The Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council works to meet the needs of victims of all crimes in Tennessee. The Councils meet quarterly and have statewide representation.
- The Coalition and its membership shall not discriminate against any person. Creating a culture that is sensitive, open and accepting, we value diversity and strive to reflect in our organization the array of people we serve.
- We oppose the use of violence in all forms. Each person has the right to engage in equal relationships without fear of violence.
- Each individual is unique and inherently worthwhile. We are building a coalition of confident, creative members, each one striving for the highest degree of compassion and ethical behavior.
- We operate on principles that ensure that individuals speak in their own voices. We provide opportunities for personal, professional and program growth.
- We will be dynamic, creative, innovative and visionary leaders through continuous reflection, commitment to quality and growth. We will model these values and in so doing, serve as role models for others.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. For resources in Tennessee call 1-800-356-6767 or 1-800-799-7233 (National Domestic Violence Hotline).
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