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Domestic Violence Care

Domestic Violence Care

In 2018, AGAPE acquired Morning Star Sanctuary domestic violence services.  Since then, AGAPE has had the privilege of continuing Morning Star’s legacy of care and hope, while expanding services to address a growing need for domestic violence services in the Nashville/Davidson County area.

The three flagship services of AGAPE’s domestic violence care include:

  • The Morning Star Sanctuary Domestic Violence Shelter to provide emergency shelter to victims after leaving an abusive relationship.
  • Court Advocacy Services in partnership with the Metro Office of Family Safety to assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining Orders of Protection.
  • A Mentoring Program to provide a safety net of counseling, education, and financial literacy training to survivors.

Need immediate emergency shelter assistance?  Please call our 24/7 hotline at 615-860-0003.

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Orders of Protection
  • Community Support


Based on recent data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2020), 39.6% of Tennessee women and 36.8% of Tennessee men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner rape and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. AGAPE aims to empower victims to break the cycle of violence that controls their lives.

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Emergency Shelter

There is a Need...

Absolutely the most dangerous time for a female survivor of domestic violence is when she takes steps to end the abusive relationship. It is at this point that she is more likely to be harmed or even killed than at any other time during the relationship. The same may be said for a male domestic violence survivor.

Finding a safe and confidential place to live after leaving the abusive relationship can be very challenging, made even more formidable if children are involved. Morning Star Sanctuary has established a 16-bed emergency shelter that is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year where  survivors and children may stay for up to 90 days.

During that time, residents are provided food, clothing, basic need items, transportation, information and referrals to community resources. We also help residents develop a safety plan, seek long-term housing, address and resolve legal issues, begin a job search and establish a strategy for achieving financial stability.

Having somewhere safe to hide from an abuser is CRUCIAL to survivors of domestic violence. Many times they leave quickly with their children, taking nothing more than the clothes on their backs in their desperate attempts to get away. Our emergency shelter provides them with an environment that helps them stay safe without the fear of injury or loss of life. 

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call our confidential domestic violence hotline 24/7 at 615-860-0003.


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*If this is a counseling-related question, please call 615-781-3000.