RUTLEDGE – CEASE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc. has announced it will open an office in Grainger County.
For more than 35 years, CEASE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc. has provided an array of supportive services to victims of intimate partner violence. These services started in 1981 with a 24-hour crisis hotline and has expanded over the years to include two emergency shelters and outreach in six counties from offices in Morristown and Tazewell.
CEASE is expanding again to improve the accessibility of outreach services in Gainger County. Thanks to VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Grant funding provided by the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice the organization has opened four new outreach offices.
The offices will be staffed with a domestic violence advocate and a sexual assault advocate. Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, trafficking, etc. can receive advocacy, counseling, education, information and support right in their own communities.
The advocates will work to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on victims, as well as the community as a whole. The state of Tennessee spends more than $1 billion dollars a year on domestic violence related expenses, including law enforcement response, medical costs and missed days of work. According to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, more than half of all crimes against persons that law enforcement respond to are domestic violence related. Advocates will be providing education and information to help communities overcome the epidemic of domestic violence.
In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CEASE will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Monday, October 30 at noon, at 8730 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge.
There will be light refreshments and door prizes.
Everyone is invited to attend and take a stand against domestic and sexual violence in the community.
Those interested can also take a stand with CEASE online by sharing their picture “Taking a Stand” to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #takeastand17. Photos may be stand alone, group shots, funny or serious. Participants are encouraged to be creative, and share how they are taking a stand and why.
For more information about CEASE Inc., domestic violence, sexual assault, this event and others or to make a donation go to www.ceaseabuse.com or call the office at (865) 302-1049.