Knox County Tennessee

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Need Help? Contact The Family Justice Center at 865-521-6336 or click here.

Domestic violence or intimate partner violence is not love. It is a pattern of behavior attempting to establish power and control over another person. Anyone can become a victim of domestic violence regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and men can also be victimized.

An abuser might attempt to control the victim through:

  • Extreme jealousy or possessiveness such as constantly calling, texting and keeping tabs on the victim. This pattern can lead to intense arguments that make the victim feel controlled and isolated from friends and family.
  • Emotional/verbal abuse such as name-calling, humiliation and constant criticism.
  • Psychological abuse including threats to harm the victim or the victim's family and friends, threats to hurt oneself if the victim does not comply with demands, destroying the victim's property, and/or stalking.
  • Economic abuse such as controlling the victim?s money, withholding money, interfering with the victim's job or schooling, or by damaging the victim?s credit.
  • Physical abuse such as hitting, punching, grabbing, kicking or slapping.
  • Sexual abuse such as rape, sexual assault, forced prostitution, or by interfering with birth control.

If you feel you are a victim of domestic violence or intimate partner violence, there is help. Contact the Family Justice Center at 865-521-6336 or click here. Your life and emotional well-being could be at risk. It is a serious issue and no one should have to suffer alone.

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. Click here to learn more.

Domestic violence in our community:

  • According to the Knox County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 10.3% of Knox County Schools High School students (males and females) reported being hit, slapped or physically hurt by their boyfriend/girlfriend during the 12 months before the survey.
  • According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 2013 Report, domestic violence offenses made up 51.4% of all crimes against persons.
  • A count of domestic violence victims reported from 2009 through 2011 in the State of Tennessee totaled 255,155.
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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917

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

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
Clinics will also open at 10 a.m. (Main location), and 10:30 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays:
  • January 18
  • April 19
  • July 19
  • September 20

*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923

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

Clinics will also open at 10 a.m. (Main location), and 10:30 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays:
  • January 18
  • April 19
  • July 19
  • September 20

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