Law Enforcement: Most women’s homicides are committed by their intimate partner. Every domestic disturbance is a potential future homicide. Encourage victims to seek help in the community. Offer the locations and phone numbers of local domestic violence programs. Contact the FJC for safety cards that provide information for victims.
Healthcare: Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals often see clues that a patient is in an abusive relationship: an overprotective partner; poor eye contact, reluctance to speak in front of a partner; unexplained, multiple old bruises or injuries. Let them know that you are concerned for their safety and that help is available. Give them a safety card and ask if you can contact someone on their behalf. Helpline: 865-521-6336. Contact the FJC for safety cards, posters and family violence screening tools.
Legislators: Support legislation that gives law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims of domestic violence. Help prosecutors put offenders in jail. Domestic violence is a crime – let your community know that you won’t tolerate it!