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 […]