Domestic violence is a widespread problem with consequences reaching far beyond the family. It does not discriminate. It is both a blessing and a disgrace that the nation’s attention has again been turned to the issue of domestic violence. While it is important that we engage in open and honest dialogue, recent high-profile cases are a reminder there are still too many people suffering at the hands of an abusive spouse or partner.
Here in Davidson County, half of all violent crime is related to domestic violence. It is essential to our quality of life that we change the culture surrounding this crime.
Fortunately, new resources are being placed on this issue in Nashville, including the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center, a three-judge General Sessions Court team dedicated to handling domestic violence cases, and an increase in staffing at the DA’s office.
But we need more attorneys to learn about and be ready to address this epidemic. That’s why we are asking you to take part in the YWCA’s Legal Challenge beginning in October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Being able to understand the complexities of domestic violence relationships is the first step you can take toward assisting the victims and survivors.
As leaders in our legal community, we are committed to making a difference. Domestic violence impacts us all. Let’s all do our part to help make Nashville a safer place to live and raise a family.
Glenn Funk , District Attorney General Laura Baker, President
20th Judicial District Lawyers’ Association for Women
YWCA Board of Directors