What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic, and emotional/psychological abuse (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2020).
How common is domestic violence in Tennessee?
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.
How many domestic violence shelters are in Nashville/Davidson County?
AGAPE is one of two shelters in the Nashville/Davidson County area.