Educators: Each year, thousands of rapes or sexual assaults occur in public schools. Female teenagers who experience dating or sexual violence are more likely to engage in substance abuse, risky sexual behaviors and/or commit suicide. Visit the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Teen Victim Project (ncvc.org), RAINN, the Rape and Incest National Network (rainn.org), and the Knox County Health Dept. (865-215-5061) for educational programming information.
Religious Communities: Rabbis, pastors, priests and imams trained to understand domestic and sexual violence can be great resources. Contact Faith Trust Institute (faithtrustinstitute.org) or the Knoxville Clergy Task Force (clergytaskforce.weebly.com) for more information.
Friends: If you think a friend is in an abusive relationship, talk to him/her about it. Even unmarried couples can have an abusive relationship. Let him/her know there is help available. FJC 24-hour hotline: 865-521-6336
Employers: Include domestic violence awareness in your orientation or in-service training. Place posters in general areas of your busines such as lunchrooms and bathrooms. Make safety cards, rack cards and other informational literature readily available. If you think someone is in an abusive relationship, talk to them about it and tell them where they can get help. Contact the FJC for literature, posters or help with training.
Everyone: Contact your legislators to urge them to support policies that assist domestic violence victims and give law enforcement the tools they need to hold abusers accountable. Spread the word: distribute posters; volunteer as a speaker for a local domestic violence awareness program; sponsor a drive for donations, cash or in-kind, to support area programs; volunteer at a shelter or agency that helps victims of domestic violence. Contact the FJC for a list of their partners who need volunteers.