The Family Safety Center ultimately strives to reduce and prevent incidents of domestic violence in Memphis and Shelby County while strengthening families in our community through outreach, awareness and education programs designed and implemented by our staff and partners.
Domestic violence is a complicated crime. It happens behind closed doors in the privacy of intimate relationships, and is a crime that crosses all socioeconomic boundaries. Victims often have suffered years of abuse in silence, too embarrassed to reach out for help, unsure of where to go and scared to step out against their abusers. Additionally, domestic violence is often thought to be a private matter, and friends, co-workers and family members typically don’t know how to help someone who they believe to be involved in a violent home situation.
Education and awareness about domestic violence is key to empowering victims – and the family, friends and acquaintances of victims – to recognize the warning signs, realize the danger, report the crime and reach out for help. Family Safety Center provides assistance in safety planning to ensure that victims have a plan before leaving a violent relationship.
Family Safety Center also provides domestic violence training to churches, employers, apartment managers, social workers and health care professionals to teach them how to identify victims of domestic violence and what steps to take to help the victim.
If your church is interested in hosting a Speak Out Sunday event, our staff can work with you to create programming for your congregation. We can assist with anything from a bulletin announcement to a special service dedicated to the church’s response to domestic violence.
For more information about Family Safety Center’s domestic violence awareness, education and training programs, contact the Community Outreach Specialist, Mia Harvey, by email at Mia@familysafetycenter.com or call Family Safety Center at 901-222-4400.