KNOXVILLE (WATE) – One in three women and one in four men will experience physical violence by an intimate partner according to the Helen Ross McNabb Center.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Family Crisis Center is the area’s only shelter dedicated solely to serving victims of domestic violence. Center is a place of refuge for individuals experiencing domestic violence and their children, according to Helen Ross McNabb. While at the shelter, victims receive on-site counseling, advocacy and case management to help them through this challenging time. The center serves nearly 2,000 women nearly.
The current center was built in the 1920s and is in very poor condition, according to Helen Ross McNabb. Helen Ross McNabb said they are raising $1.5 million to build a new 6,800 square foot shelter that will include serve 32 people at any point in time. The new shelter’s design will include a wing specifically for families staying in the shelter and a wing specifically designed for single residents.
The expected completion date for the entire project is fall 2016. Donations can be made by visiting safedonate.us/DVshelter or by texting DVSHELTER to 71777.
A domestic violence crisis hotline is also offered by Helen Ross McNabb. The 24-hour hotline provides a information for victims to receive any-time-of-day access to safety planning and information on emergency shelter, support groups and other domestic violence services. The number is (865) 637-8000.
Last year the hotline received 3,000 calls. That’s an average of eight calls per day.
Advocacy services that Helen Ross McNabb helps provide include court advocacy and accompaniment and referrals for housing, legal services, employment and education.