2012 Partnership for Families, Children and Adults’ Family Violence Shelter staff will recognize local law enforcement for their ongoing efforts to stop domestic violence. A gift of thanks will be presented on Friday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
“Chattanooga and Hamilton County law enforcement work hard every day to make our community a safer place to live. We are so appreciative of their efforts to protect victims of family violence and their extra efforts to work with our Family Violence program to help these victims through what is a very traumatic time in their lives,” said Regina McDevitt, director of Crisis Resource Center at the Partnership.
This presentation is part of many community efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness of family violence and to recognize those who advocate to end the abuse. Local law enforcement assists the Partnership with hundreds of family violence cases every year. In addition, the Partnership collaborates with law enforcement officials each year to produce a 40-hour Domestic Violence Training seminar, which teaches police officers how to identify family violence and effectively handle these unique cases.
Local precincts across the city and county will be visited by Partnership staff to say thank you in person and deliver homemade treats to officers.
The Partnership’s Family Violence Shelter provides crisis intervention services, an emergency hotline, counseling, shelter, advocacy and referral services to more than 3,000 individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault each year. Many of these services are staffed 24 hours a day and are available to assist a client or victim in a moment’s notice. For victims seeking services, help is available by calling the Crisis Hotline at 423 755-2700.