Entries by Conchita Topinka

Safe Housing – A Key First Step

Finding shelter for victims with children, particularly for large families, is a challenge for Family Safety Center (FSC) and its partners, but local advocates understand that the alternative is homelessness and continued abuse. Many of the clients who come to FSC seeking emergency shelter are motivated by a desire to remove the children from the […]

September Survivor Story

After completing the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) screening, Helen decided to heed the advice of both the officer and the FSC advocate and get out. “I can’t believe I am actually going through this again,” said Helen, who had a history of abuse in a previous relationship. She arrived at FSC seeking an order of […]

Caring For Our Community’s Older Adults

One common denominator in all cases of elder abuse is the violation of trust. The abuse of older adults carries all the emotional complexities of domestic violence and more. In Memphis/Shelby County, the Family Safety Center and Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA) are making a difference. Tennessee law requires that you report elder abuse. […]

Campers Focus on Brighter Tomorrows

The odds are against children who have witnessed domestic violence at home. Research indicates that one-third of these children will grow up to mimic the abusive behavior in their own relationships, and one-third will end up being the victim in an abusive relationship. “Camp HOPE allows us to intervene in these kids’ lives while they […]

SCSO Fugitive Bureau Adds Teeth to LAP Efforts

By design, the Family Safety Center (FSC) brings to one location multiple agencies focused on improving outcomes for domestic violence victims. The new Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a prime example of this teamwork. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies or MPD officers on a domestic disturbance call can now use a brief questionnaire to […]

Survivor Story July 2018

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lawrence Smith sees it as a two-way street. He can help a domestic violence victim get justice, but without the victim’s help, his hands are tied. He devotes a lot of him time to gaining the victim’s trust, letting them know they have someone in their corner. When Detective Smith […]

Survivor Story June 2018

Elder abuse can be as subtle as it is tragic. Before Ruth’s condition became dangerous for her, the caregiver had begun to manipulate the situation in subtle ways by isolating Ruth from friends and family, and neglecting basic responsibilities. Ruth suffers from congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. A stroke left her partially paralyzed […]

CREA: A Community Responds to Elder Abuse

Although Tennessee law requires residents to report any suspicion of elder abuse or neglect, the reality is that most cases go unreported. In Memphis/Shelby County, the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA) is a collaborative effort to streamline the services available to older adults who have been neglected or abused. “There is a misperception that […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

Memphis, TN, – According to recent estimates, there are approximately more than 172,000 residents aged 60 and older in Shelby County, and research indicates that one in ten of these older adults could be a victim of abuse and neglect. Elder abuse affects communities on many levels, from public health to civic participation to economic […]