Knox Family Justice Center continues campaign against violence

Knoxville Family Justice Center continues campaign against violence

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Family Justice Center on Tuesday continued its part in a state campaign highlighting the prevalence of family violence and more than 60 organizations working together to address it.

The second poster of eight in the campaign compares the loss of lives and cost of the 2010 floods in Tennessee to the impact of lives lost and the cost of domestic violence the same year.

The family justice center encourages community members to call 865-215-6800 to get posters and put them up to help raise awareness. The posters are also available on the justice center website.

The Knoxville Family Justice Center is one of only 15 Family Justice Centers nationwide created by a presidential initiative to make a domestic violence victim's search for help more efficient and effective.

KFJC's partners provide danger assessments, safety plans and access to the courts, as well as assistance finding housing, education, child care, medical care and other services.

Since KFJC opened in May, 2006, it has provided approximately 10,400 victims of domestic abuse with a single location to get services needed to create choice, safety and opportunity in the future.

KFJC says the prevalence of domestic violence continues. One in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime. One in five experiences abuse during pregnancy. And 60 percent of domestic violence offenders also abuse children. 

The Family Justice Center is partnering with the University of Tennessee to create systems that can be measured and will provide an environment for research, evaluation and publication in relation to family violence.

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