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4 Knoxville-Based Domestic Violence Resources

WRITTEN BY Izzy Alexander

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s just as important this month as any other to keep the conversation going around domestic violence. Here’s a list of four Knoxville-based resources for anyone who needs support or believes they might be in a situation of domestic abuse.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence “is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” 

If you are in immediate danger due to domestic violence, call 911.

The City of Knoxville has a domestic abuse hotline at (865) 521-6336 manned by staff from the Knoxville Family Justice Center. The state of Tennessee also provides a 24-hour hotline at (800) 356-6767

The Knoxville Family Justice Center is a comprehensive resource facility for victims of domestic violence and family members. Their goal is to increase victims’ access to services such as legal assistance, provide shelter and basic needs, and simplify the realm of resources into one place. 

Located on Harriet Tubman Street and open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, the Center is a safe place with friendly staff who will seek to make your experience in seeking reparations and healing as easy as possible.

(865) 521-6336

The YWCA Knoxville and Tennessee Valley is a women’s organization that offers a variety of women’s services, including domestic violence support. 

The organization utilizes an advocacy system, where a trained adult can assist with whatever steps the victim is taking toward independence, including developing safety plans and providing moral support at court. 

The YWCA’s Victim Advocacy Program is Knoxville’s only community-based non-shelter program for victims of domestic violence, providing support groups for women to connect with others who have experiences similar to their own. 

With three locations and advocates present at the Knoxville Family Justice Center, the YWCA provides a multitude of helpful resources for victims looking to take steps toward rehabilitation or legal measures of protection.

(865) 523-6126

The Kent C. Withers Family Crisis Center is a women’s shelter that provides short-term housing for women, as well as their children, who were victims of domestic violence. 

Medical services and counseling services are provided, as well as legal and financial assistance for women looking to become independent of their abusers. 

Open for walk-ins 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no fees associated with their services, the Family Crisis Center is a safe, impermanent housing solution if shelter is a high priority. 

(800) 445-6538