Protecting victims, preventing violence,  and empowering survivors

Senior’s Fund Grant Awarded to Domestic Violence Program by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Rutherford County, Tenn. Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services – We are pleased to announce that we were chosen by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee as one of their grant recipients for the Serving Tennessee’s Seniors Fund. Funding of the Serving Tennessee’s Seniors was provided by the Chancery Court and administered by The Community Foundation through the settlement of a lawsuit initiated by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper against both SeniorTrust and ElderTrust.


“All across Tennessee, each and every day, nonprofits and governmental agencies are working hard to make the path easier for our growing but vulnerable senior population,” said Ellen Lehman, President of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We know that the needs of our aging population are often unrecognized or underfunded.”


Unfortunately, abuse happens across all age ranges, and the elderly are at risk. Estimates show that one million Americans 60 years of age or older are abused in their homes each year. Elder abuse is categorized in two ways; “Domestic violence grown old,” which is when the onset was much earlier in life but still present, most often perpetrated by their significant other, and “late onset domestic violence,” when the abuse begins in old age, sometimes perpetrated by a spouse, relative, or caregiver.


“We are pleased and encouraged by the support received from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee,” said Bernice Rogers, Elderly Advocate with Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services. “This award will continue to support our program on Elder Abuse Awareness and Crime Prevention.  A program designed to continue reaching our aging population.”

Awareness and identifying the many forms of abuse, is a precursor to intervention. If you, or someone you know is a victim of Elder Abuse, please contact Bernice Rogers at (615) 896-7377 for more information on services available.


About Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services Our mission is simple: To protect victims, prevent violence, and empower survivors. We accomplish this by providing citizens of Rutherford County with the free resources and assistance necessary to effectively deal with the personal, social, and legal implications of victimization by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kara Mischke

Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services

2106 E. Main St. Murfreesboro, TN

(615) 896-7377 /

January 9th, 2017