Spotlight on Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, join Cindy Putman and special guest Amy McBroom Stockwell, Director of the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center, as they discuss the impact that domestic violence has on families.

Think domestic violence is something that doesn’t happen in our region? This heartbreaking issue affects families and individuals across towns and communities all around the country.

Here are some facts you might not have known (according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence):

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This ends up being more than 10 million women and men each year.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

During the radio show, Stockwell shared more information about all the free resources that are available for families who are in a crisis situation. People with concerns or needing more information can call 931-528-1512 for a confidential conversation with Stockwell or her staff. There should be no embarrassment or shame for anyone considering calling the number.

Because this is a sensitive issue, all staff are highly trained and understanding about various unique situations. We believe the people who utilize these confidential services are moving toward a different solution for domestic violence. If you or someone you love is in this situation, please don’t stay silent.

PBS Parents offers some great strategies for helping children feel safe after a tragedy or when they have experienced trauma. It is important for adults to remember that children who witness domestic violence are exposed to chronic stress. In light of the recent national tragedies that have occurred Stockwell and Putman agree that families need strategies to help children feel safe. Check out PBS Parents for more info about helping your kids feel safe during times of tragedy.

In the days and weeks following a high-profile tragedy, kids may have a lot of questions about whether something like this could happen to them. In fact, parents themselves may have a lot of worries about the safety of raising children in this world. It's normal for both adults and kids to feel anxious after such a publicly devastating event, but there are things you can do to minimize the stress and maintain a sense of normalcy.

This includes things like answering your kids’ questions, looking for signs of more than normal stress, and modeling confidence and assurance to them. What’s more, focus on the positive. This is a good way to help us keep a healthy perspective. Visit PBS Parents to learn more.

Stock well is thrilled to announce that the Upper Cumberland Family Resource Center is expanding to Overton County and  families can call both location or come to the sites for a welcoming, safe, friendly place for help.

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