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Violence Prevention

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. For help, please contact the Knoxville Family Justice Center 24/7 crisis line at 865-521-6336 or click here.

The Knox County Health Department rape and violence prevention program provides prevention services, program development and technical support for the primary prevention of rape, sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence in Knox County.

Per federal recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Rape Prevention Education (RPE) Program, the position employs the Spectrum of Prevention Model approach to violence prevention in Knox County.  The Spectrum of Prevention Model identifies six levels of intervention:

  • Strengthening Individual Knowledge and Skills
  • Promoting Community Education
  • Educating Providers
  • Fostering Coalitions and Networks
  • Changing Organizational Practices
  • Influencing Policies and Legislation

Relevant Healthy People 2020 Objectives

IVP-32
Reduce nonfatal physical assault injuries
IVP-35
Reduce bullying among adolescents
IVP-39
Reduce violence by current or former intimate partners
IVP-40
Reduce sexual violence

Responsibilities:

  • Administer, plan and maintain local and regional rape prevention efforts
  • Submit an annual action plan to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH)
  • Submit two semi-annual progress reports to TDOH
  • Implement educational programs for youth and adults about healthy relationships, bystander intervention, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment and bullying
  • Develop community-wide media campaigns that address primary prevention of rape, sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence
  • Collaborate with local partners, including the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACETN), Community Coalition on Family Violence (CCFV), Knoxville Family Justice Center (FJC), Knox Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (KAPPI), Helen Ross McNabb, East Tennessee Civil Rights Working Group and Latino Task Force

Contact Information

Karen L. Stier, MSW
Public Health Educator
Knox County Health Department
140 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN  37917
(865) 215-5061
karen.stier@knoxcounty.org
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Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

405 Dante Road
Knoxville, TN 37918
865-215-5500

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Closed:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(daily for lunch)

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

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