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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Star Staff Reports

shelby-county-sealShelby County’s Crime Victims Center Hosts Tours and Educational Sessions
Counselors at Shelby County’s Crime Victims Center in midtown Memphis want to prevent domestic violence through free educational programs and tours of the center this month, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“We have lots of resources available at no cost.  Domestic Violence continues to be one of the top crimes addressed by police officers and sheriff’s deputies each day throughout Shelby County,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.
Last year, counselors at the Shelby County Crime Victims Center met in person with more than 800 domestic violence victims of all ages.  The center is located at 1750 Madison Avenue.
“We want people to know the warning signs of domestic violence and immediately contact a law enforcement agency should they feel threatened,” said Anna Whalley, Administrator of the Shelby County Crime Victims Center.  It’s one of 31 agencies that coordinate criminal, civil, social, and assistance services at the Family Safety Center, located in the same building as the crime victims’ center.
“This is a one-stop location for crime victims and their families,” said Executive Director Olliette Murry-Drobot. “The Family Safety Center provides domestic violence victims easy access to additional resources and helps ensure there’s a coordinated response by all agencies,” added  Drobot.
Also during October, staff from the Shelby County Crime Victims Center and Family Safety Center can visit on-site at churches and community groups. To schedule a program or a tour of the center, call (901) 222-4400.
Go to www.familysafetycenter.org for a list of Family Safety Center services, including the warning signs of domestic violence.

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