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JOIN US! OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH – 4 EVENTS JUST FOR YOU

Addressing the issue of domestic violence in our community is necessary to effectively prevent it. In order to foster healthy communities it takes us all to partner with local agencies, groups, and individuals through awareness campaigns, civic events, and joining together to raise our voices. Join us this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!   […]

ARTS BUILD COMMUNITIES GRANT FOR THESE HANDS – HOPE AND HEALING PROJECT TO SHOWCASE DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

Rutherford County, Tenn. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center was awarded a $2,000 grant from Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Build Communities (ABC) for “These Hands – Hope and Healing,” a photographic journal project that showcases domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. The Tennessee Arts Commission’s mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit […]

HELP TAKE “THE SUCK” OUT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT

Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche will be participating in the grueling 8th Annual Swim the Suck 10-mile open water swim through the Tennessee River Gorge hosted by the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers (C.O.W.S) and Outdoor Chattanooga on Saturday, October 14, 2017.   Dedicated husband, John Murray, will be her trusted Pilot and will be kayaking alongside to provide […]

COMMON MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

SURROUNDING THE AFTERMATH OF SEXUAL ASSAULT  The aftermath of sexual assault is difficult to navigate and when sexual violence myths are added to the mix, it can make survivors doubt themselves and their own realities. Misconceptions circulate about what sexual assault is and why it occurs; these beliefs can gravely affect survivors. Unfortunately, misinformation and […]

GRANT AWARDED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM & SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES BY THE HEALING TRUST

Rutherford County, Tenn. Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services was awarded a grant from The Healing Trust, whose purpose is to facilitate access to compassionate healthcare services for the most vulnerable people in Middle Tennessee. The Healing Trust awarded funds totaling an astounding $1 million plus in its most recent grant cycle. Recipients of […]

INTERVIEW WITH MYRA BEASLEY, SPECIAL COURT ADVOCATE & LEGAL SUPERVISOR

KARA MISCHKE, COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER: Good morning, Myra! Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions regarding the legal services Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services offers. Can you tell me a little bit about your position and what you do here? MYRA BEASLEY, SPECIAL COURT ADVOCATE: I am the Special […]