Livingston Academy FCCLA and the Interact Club partnered with Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center and Genesis House to spread awareness about the resources available to victims of domestic and family violence.

The LA clubs worked together to collect necessary supplies for families who are starting new lives free of violence. The students collected backpacks and purses and filled them with hygiene items, diapers, snacks, and bottles of water.

With an average of one in three women and one in seven men experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime, spreading the word that those victims and survivors are not alone is one of the main hurdles faced by agencies that provide services to these victims of crime.

Brittany Shaw, site coordinator for Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center (UCFJC), said, “Leaving an abusive situation can appear to be a monumental struggle for victims of domestic violence, and especially overwhelming for those who have been isolated from their support system or who have experienced chronic trauma.

“But there are support systems that can break this journey down into incremental steps and provide the emotional support that is so important during this time. The Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center and Genesis House work together to provide those support systems and resources when the victim is ready.”

UCFJC is working to establish a full-service Family Justice Center in Livingston and is currently operating an office in Overton County Justice Center provided by Sheriff John Garrett.

Residents who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, elder abuse, or sexual assault and want to know what resources are available can visit the center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or for more information call 931-823-9617. All services are free and confidential.