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 or call Family Safety Center at 901-222-4400.

Additional Resources: 

Safety Planning and Danger Assessment:

The danger level of a relationship can be difficult to assess. The My Plan App helps women and their friends to determine if a relationship is unsafe and create an action plan to leave safely.
My Safety Net immediately turns every Smartphone into a personal security device that collects all incident-driven data and information. Download the app for iPhone here. Download the app for Android here.

Financial Abuse:

Research indicates that financial abuse is present in as many as 98% of abusive relationships. This is because financial control allows abusers to have substantial power over the victim. This online module will help you understand financial abuse, as well as begin better understanding financial planning and budgeting as you break the cycle of violence.


Stalking victims can take an active role to increase their own safety and document stalking incidents. Stalking sacks are actual bags of resources, you are put together with tools to help  increase you safety and document the crime.

“Well on the 24th the judge issued a permanent restraining order against him for 1 year. The PO is for me and my kids! Thank you so much. You may not know it but what you’ve done for me has helped to save my life. I’m eternally grateful for meeting you.”

“I am so appreciative of the Family Safety Center and the Exchange Club because of group therapy. When we get together and share and talk about the violence each of us have endured at the hands of a loved one, it builds a safety net to help individuals get to a better place.”

“Therapy and recovery takes a lot of time, but I am worth it! I’m so grateful for the Family Safety Center and the Exchange Club for educating me and providing me a safe space to begin my healing process. I have found my way again.”