October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the La Vergne Police Department wants victims to know there are local resources available to help them.
One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
“Domestic violence is a huge problem all across the country, and certainly here in La Vergne," says Police Chief Mike Walker. "Many don’t seek help but we encourage them to do so and to use local resources to find help.”
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can seek help by calling any of the following local resources:
- Domestic Violence Program of Rutherford County – (615) 896-7377 or Crisis Line number (615) 896-2012;
- The Sexual Assault Crisis Line – (615) 494-9262;
- Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – (615) 386-9406 or https://www.tncoalition.org/;
- La Vergne Police Department at (615) 793-7744.
Throughout October, communities like La Vergne across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in “Purple Thursday” on October 24th by wearing purple to help raise awareness about domestic abuse.