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Domestic violence crisis hotline receiving more calls in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - For the past two weeks, the NFL has been forced to focus more on legal troubles than what happens on the playing field.

Several professional athletes now face charges related to domestic violence. The national news stories have even brought more awareness to the issue here in the Tennessee Valley.

"I think that people who maybe before thought, you know I'm not really a victim it's not that bad," said Regina McDevitt, Senior Director of Crisis Services, "I think maybe they're coming to some different conclusions."
Victims are going to the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults for help.

"In the last month we have received more calls coming into our hotline, we are, really there's a much broader conversation."
In the past 2013-2014 fiscal year, the local hotline received about 10,000 calls from domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

"Partnership is here 24/7." McDevitt said, "We provide that 24-7 hotline; it's confidential and you can just talk to someone."
The Partnership Crisis Center provides shelter, transitional housing, and other services to start over, but as we've seen through national stories on domestic abuse-- leaving the abuser isn't always what a victim wants.

"They don't want to be abused, but they want to be with that person and that can be difficult for people to understand sometimes because our first reaction is you need to get out, you need to leave."
McDevitt said victims need to know their options and ways to stop the abuse and the first step is to start talking.

"We should be talking about it every day to our children, to our teens, because prevention is where we stop it."
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults will be hosting an educational event next week to talk about domestic violence prevention. The "Stop Violence Give Hope" one-hour session will be Thursday, Sept. 25th at noon at the Partnership's Administrative Offices at 1800 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga. 

 If you need help related to domestic violence abuse or sexual assault, call the 24/7 hotline at (423) 755-2700.

Chattanooga Police Department

Channel 3 Eyewitness News uncovered that the CPD has worked nearly 300 domestic violence cases so far in 2014. It averages to about one per day.

  • January: 31
  • February: 28
  • March: 30
  • April: 34
  • May: 44
  • June: 26
  • July: 33
  • August: 33

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