Violence Against Women

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County & Regional Resources

Click here for our current regional domestic and sexual violence resource list, or access a statewide map of resources by county here. These tools will be expanding throughout 2014 as the TECW develops its VAW Online Resource Center.

Statewide Resources

Human Sex Trafficking

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Hotline: 1-855-558-6484

Know the Signs:

TCADSV Immigrant Legal Clinic
The TCADSV Immigrant Legal Clinic provides legal advice and representation to immigrant and trafficked victims of domestic or sexual violence throughout Tennessee. Call (615) 386-9406 or (800) 289-9018 on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 AM through 12:30 PM to complete an Intake.

Domestic & Sexual Violence

Tennessee Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-356-6767
This 24 hotline is sponsored by the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
The Coalition’s website,, provides information about Tennessee domestic and sexual violence programs, trainings and events, legislative updates, and resources.

TCADSV Immigrant Legal Clinic
The TCADSV Immigrant Legal Clinic provides legal advice and representation to immigrant and trafficked victims of domestic or sexual violence throughout Tennessee. Call (615) 386-9406 or (800) 289-9018 on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 AM through 12:30 PM to complete an Intake.
The Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence’s teen website,, offers information on dating violence and sexual assault.

Getting an Order of Protection 
The Tennessee’s District Attorneys General Conference provides a thorough FAQ on Orders of Protection.

Tennessee's Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification Service
(888) 868-4631
TN SAVIN provides registered users with updated information on a current inmate’s release or transfer 24-hours a day with updates on crime status via phone, Internet, or e-mail.

Tennessee Victim/Witness Handbook 
The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference supports this comprehensive resource about the criminal justice system written specifically for those who need to understand how the system relates to them as victims/survivors and how perpetrators interact with the system.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
The purpose of this program is to assist victims of crimes or, in the case of the victim’s death, their dependent relatives.

Sexual Assault Center 
Crisis Support Line 800-879-1999

Women Are Safe
Women Are Safe, Inc. (WAS) serves the immediate needs of victims of domestic violence in Hickman, Dickson, Humphreys, and Perry Counties in Tennessee.

National Resources

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
866.331.9474 (866-331-8453 for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing) (instant online chats, just like a hotline)
Note: These counselors and advocates are trained to discuss the specific experience of dating violence with 13-18 year olds.

Love is Respect
The awareness and resource material is incredibly comprehensive and tailored to teens, including a Teen Dating Bill of Rights. One of the most unique features of the site is the Love Mashup Movie Maker, enabling visitors to create empowering 30 second video clips with state-of-the art graphics to share with friends.

Love is Not Abuse
This site for teens has age-appropriate material to learn more about the signs of dating violence and its prevalence among teenagers.

Moms and Dads for Education to Stop Teen Dating Abuse (MADE)
MADE, a national coalition, advocates for a national curriculum to address dating violence. One free downloadable resource available on their site is A Parent’s Guide to Teen Dating Violence: 10 Questions to Start the Conversation.


The Economic Impact of Violence Against Women in Tennessee (2013)

Full Report, Executive Summary, PowerPoint, Revision Report

In this 2013 study, violent acts against Tennessee women were shown to be so prevalent and so damaging that they likely cost regular Tennesseans $886,171,950 or more annually. The majority of this expense is manifest in tax dollars and health care payments, but other expenditures like charity, lost wages, workplace expenses and inefficiency played significant roles as well. More shocking than this annual cost to the community—which likely exceeds $1 billion, in truth—is the comprehensive and devastating impact that these crimes have on women and girls in Tennessee. Included with these findings are details about doemstic and sexual violence in Tennessee and recommendations to strengthen education and prevention efforts.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Tennessee Economy (2006)

Full Report, Article

Domestic violence costs the state millions every year. The Council discovered the extent of this burden on the Tennessee economy when it undertook researching the many facets of the economy affected by domestic violence. From the legal costs to the healthcare costs, lost productivity to the burden on social systems, domestic violence erodes not only the social fabric of our families and communities, but also the economic underpinnings of our society. This 2006 report brings to light the myriad impacts of this once invisible crime. An article by Council Chair Carol Berz and former Executive Director Lauren Howard provides an overview to this issue.