Entries by Conchita Topinka

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 […]

Survivor Story May 2018

Throughout ten years of marriage, there had been multiple calls to police. This time was different. “Has your intimate partner threatened you with a weapon?” asked the officer who responded to the scene. “Is your intimate partner violently jealous, or does he control most of your daily activities?” After she finished the screening, the officer […]

Survivor Story April 2018

At 23 years of age, Marcus has sage advice for others seeking a way out of an abusive situation. “If you’re on the fence about seeking help, I want you to remember two things: First, your circumstances never determine your value or worth,” says Marcus. “Secondly, remember to never be ashamed of your story, or […]

FSC Reaches Out to LGBTQ Victims

A series of focus groups facilitated by the Family Safety Center last year revealed a real disconnect for the local LGTBQ community seeking DV services. As a result, FSC hired a full-time staff member focused on the community, pursued more diversified housing options, and began sensitivity training for law enforcement. Domestic violence victims are often […]

Survivor Story

If you believe the research, there is a high probability that Cady (not her real name) will become a statistic like her mother. Camp HOPE America wants to change that. One-third of children who experience domestic violence are likely to be victims themselves, and another third will grow up to be abusers. During her week […]