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Local leaders honor domestic violence survivors and cops who help

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Domestic violence has made national headlines in recent weeks with the NFL. But with 77,537 domestic violence incidents last year in Tennessee, there's many stories left untold in our area.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  And Thursday, local leaders helped honor victims and survivors and recognize police who help them. 

"They're usually the first responders in cases like this so it's really good that we can acknowledge this,” said survivor Mara White. “And one officer can make a difference."

The Hamilton County Courts Building will feature “The Clothesline Project” all October.  The exhibit includes t-shirts on which domestic violence victims can decorate and express their emotions.

In 2013, there were 86 domestic violence homicides in the state of Tennessee, making it sixth-highest rate in the country.

"We seem to talk about domestic violence when it involves a high profile person or athlete," said Chief Executive Officer at Partnership Sandra Hollett in a news release. "But it occurs in our community every day. The Ceremony not only brings attention to the severity of Domestic Violence but also calls for everyone in our communities to stop the violence."

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults has a 24/7 family violence and sexual assault local hotline.  Call 423-755-2700 for counseling, legal information or shelter.

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