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|Domestic Violence Legislation:||Yes (39-13-111)|
|Additional Data Elements:||Yes|
|Law Enforcement DV System:||Incident-Based|
The state domestic assault statute includes partners who are currently living, or have previously lived, in the same residence or have a child in common, regardless of sex. The state is NIBRS-certified and all law enforcement agencies and roughly 100 campus police departments submit incident-based data to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Crime Statistics Unit. Elements collected in addition to the required NIBRS elements include whether the victim was transported to a safe place and whether the offender violated an order of protection. Incident reports also include a separate check box to indicate whether an offense is domestic in nature. The Bureau publishes domestic and sexual assault and stalking data in an annual report and also maintains a database of protection orders filed in the state, accessible by law enforcement. Data are available online and by request.
- Cultural Competency Project
The Cultural Competency Project addresses access, language and cultural barriers faced by immigrant and refugee victims and works to enhance culturally competent domestic violence and sexual assault services. The project seeks ways to improve services to immigrant, refugee and trafficked victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Tennessee, to increase collaboration between DV/SA programs and organizations that serve immigrant communities, and to increase the understanding of issues that affect immigrant victims among DV/SA programs and organizations that serve immigrants.
- Law Enforcement Training Project
This project was designed to develop consistent, ongoing domestic violence response training statewide. The Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies on policy development and law implementation. The Coalition also conducts 40-hour specialized domestic violence and sexual assault schools and provides a manual of updated laws.
- Rural Domestic Violence Project
This project funds outreach workers who provide services to domestic violence victims in 15 underserved rural communities.
- Social Norms Project
The overall purpose of the Social Norms Project is to create a prevention campaign about sexual violence among youth. In order to accomplish this goal effectively, the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will first examine and assess what Tennessee youths believe sexual violence is and how they feel about it. Once these beliefs are understood, the project can determine the best way to help prevent sexual assault.
- Tennessee Victim Assistance Academy
The Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has received a three-year federal grant from the Office for Victims of Crime to develop, implement and evaluate a Tennessee-specific victim assistance academy. The Coalition will coordinate, plan and implement the Academy with support from the Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council, the Office of Criminal Justice Programs, the State Treasurer's Office and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
- Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council
The Tennessee Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council has been established to promote awareness of the needs of victims of crime and their families and to coordinate and assist the efforts of victims' rights organizations. The Council does not provide direct services assistance to individual victims or families of victims, but instead refers victims and/or will advise victims of available resources.
- President's Family Justice Center Initiative
The PFJCI is a pilot program administered by the Office on Violence Against Women that has awarded more than $20 million to 15 communities across the country for the planning, development, and establishment of comprehensive domestic violence victim service and support centers. The goal of the PFJCI is to make a victim's search for help and justice more efficient and effective by bringing professionals who provide an array of services together under one roof. The Knoxville Family Justice Center brings together over 60 partners to provide services to domestic violence victims.
- Lyon, E., Lane, S., and Menard, A. (2008). Meeting survivorsí needs: A multi-state study of domestic violence shelter experiences. NCJ 225025. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence. (2008). Domestic violence counts 07: Executive summary for Tennessee.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence. (2007). Domestic violence counts: Executive summary for Tennessee.
- Crime Statistics Unit. (2006). Domestic violence research brief. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
- Gipson, C. H. (2004). History of the Domestic Violence Division Metropolitan Nashville Police Department: A decade of service to victims of family violence. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
- Miller, N. (2003). Shelby County, Tennessee, arrest policies project: A process evaluation. NCJ 201878. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
- Administrative Office of the Courts. (2001). A statistical brief: Domestic violence in Tennessee, fiscal year 1999 - 2000. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
- Miller, N. (2000). Shelby County, Tennessee, arrest policies project: A process evaluation on site April 1999. NCJ 201878. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. (2000). Domestic violence July 1, 2000 - December 31, 2000.
- Brookoff, D. (1997). Drugs, alcohol, and domestic violence in Memphis. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. FS 000172.
Sample Data Collection Forms
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation provides this sample incident report form for law enforcement agencies:
The Comptroller of the Treasury collects information from victims applying for compensation using this form:
Links to State Agencies and Resources