Domestic violence is a widespread problem with consequences reaching far beyond the family. It does not discriminate. Domestic violence cuts across all races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. Domestic violence has devastating effects for individual victims, their children, grandchildren, family members, friends and their communities. I see it every day.

For many families, domestic violence becomes a way of life. It is widely accepted that domestic violence is the breeding ground for other social problems, including substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and violent crimes of all types. Being able to understand the complexities of domestic violence situations is the first step you can take toward assisting the victims.

I want you to be part of the solution to this epidemic. Together, I know we can make Nashville the safest city for women and children.


Torry Johnson

District Attorney General

20th Judicial District

YWCA Legal Challenge Chair






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