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New Tools Add Protection for TN Domestic Violence Victims

A law enforcement officer can now seek an order of protection against an alleged attacker on victim's behalf with the victim's consent. And if that person used or tried to use deadly force, then the order of protection from police becomes automatic.

"We are getting lots of calls from law enforcement and court clerks and others about how this is going to work," said Kathy Walsh, the executive director of Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Walsh said public officials need to know how to handle the changes, and as a result, the nonprofit is offering training to courts and law enforcement.

"I think in order to ensure that it works seamlessly that there needs to be some training for law enforcement and courts on this particular part on the order of protection," said Walsh.

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The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is the leading voice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Tennessee. Established in 1983 as a nonprofit agency, the Coalition is a statewide network of domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, allied programs, and individuals working together to end domestic and sexual violence in Tennessee. We advocate for laws that protect victims of rape and abuse, train police officers, judges and frontline workers, provide life-saving services to victims, and partner with communities to prevent and end violence. We invite you to stand with us to improve the lives of survivors and create a world in which rape and abuse no longer exist.

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The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a nonprofit organization composed of community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans.