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The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a private nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans through public policy, advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence.

The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence provides services to person without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), religion, handicap or disability. The Coalition prohibits harassment by employees based on race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (or expression), religion, and national origin. 

As a statewide organization, the Coalition serves

  • Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault programs
  • Community groups and organizations
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Allied professionals (medical, legal, mental health, etc.)
  • Individuals seeking information and resources
  • Immigrant victims of domestic violence, stalking or trafficking

Services Provided

  • Information and Support
  • Technical Assistance
  • Training
  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Regional Educational and Networking Opportunities
  • Resource Library
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • Toll-free Information Line
  • Immigration Legal Clinic
  • Sexual Assault Legal Clinic

Board of Directors

  • Rebecca Wells Demaree, Chair, Partner, Cornelius & Collins, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sharon Wolfe, Vice Chair, Program Director, S/S Wolfe Counseling, Milan, TN
  • Tina Tuggle, Secretary, Director of Community Relations, Tennessee Titans, Nashville, TN
  • Carey Elzey, Treasurer, Director of Human Resources, The Chrichton Group, Nashville, TN
  • Carrie Daughtrey, Past Chair, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U. S. Attorney's Office, Nashville, TN
  • Katie Atkins, General Counsel, PharmMD Solutions, LLC, Nashville, TN
  • Angela Benefield, Program Director, Family Resource Agency, Cleveland, TN
  • Sarah Davis, Assistant District Attorney General, Office of Attorney General 16th District, Nashville, TN
  • Rachel Cook Freeman, Vice President of Programs, Sexual Assault Center, Nashville, TN
  • Mollie Gass, Attorney, Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC, Nashville, TN
  • Graham Hodges, Associate Director of Business Sales, Verizon Wireless, Franklin, TN
  • Regina McDevitt, Senior Director, Partnership for Families, Children, & Adults, Chattanooga, TN
  • Stacy Miller, Regional Manager, Tennessee Correctional Services Jackson, Jackson, TN
  • Rachel Stutts, Attorney & Professor, Franklin, TN
  • Anna Whalley, Executive Director, Shelby County Rape Crisis Center, Memphis, TN
  • Micki Yearwood, Senior Legislative Advisor, Senate Republican Caucus , Nashville, TN

Mission Statement

The mission of the Coalition is to end domestic and sexual violence in the lives of Tennesseans and to change societal attitudes and institutions that promote and condone violence, through public policy advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address such violence.


The Coalition originated in 1983 as the Tennessee Task Force on Family Violence. On June 1, 2000, the Task Force merged with the Tennessee Coalition Against Sexual Assault to become the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The merger resulted as an effort to better serve victims of domestic and sexual violence. In 2010, the Coalition changed its name to the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence to better reflect its mission.

Since its inception, the Coalition has expanded the number of programs serving victims of domestic and sexual violence from five to sixty-five. These programs provide services to 60,000 victims annually. The Coalition has advocated for more than 200 new laws improving safety for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Agency initiatives include establishing a Women's Resource Center on domestic violence and sexual assault, providing leadership training for judges, law enforcement officers and executives, and other allied professionals, launching the first statewide public awareness campaign targeting domestic and sexual assault, and establishing an Immigrant Legal Clinic providing legal advice and representation to immigrant and trafficked victims of domestic and sexual violence, and creating a Sexual Assault Legal Clinic providing holistic legal services to sexual assault victims. The Coalition helped establish the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council which is responsible for developing model policies and training curriculums for law enforcement agencies and the courts, and rules for certified batterer's intervention programs.

Core Values


The Coalition and its membership shall not discriminate against any person. Creating a culture that is sensitive, open and accepting, we value diversity and strive to reflect in our organization the array of people we serve.


We oppose the use of violence in all forms. Each person has the right to engage in equal relationships without fear of violence.


Each individual is unique and inherently worthwhile. We are building a coalition of confident, creative members, each one striving for the highest degree of compassion and ethical behavior.


We operate on principles that ensure that individuals speak in their own voices. We provide opportunities for personal, professional and program growth.

Continuous Improvement

We will be dynamic, creative, innovative and visionary leaders through continuous reflection, commitment to quality and growth. We will model these values and in so doing, serve as role models for others.


The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (EIN: 58-1632437) is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2). For more information about the Coalition, check our listing on GivingMatters.com.