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First-Ever Domestic Violence Court, Advocacy Center Open in September

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Davidson County's first-ever Domestic Violence Court will start hearing cases on September 2nd announced Mayor Karl Dean

In addition to the court, the city's Advocacy Center will also open in early September, providing a "safe place" for victims of domestic violence as they go through the court system. 

Six domestic violence advocates will staff the Advocacy Center to help victims and their families stay safe while navigating the court systems says Mayor Dean. 

Instead of domestic violence cases being held at several different courtrooms, Courtroom 4-B in the Birch Building at 408 Second Ave. North will be the central location for hearings. Victims won't have to stand next to the alleged offenders during session as was previously the case. Now, victims and the accused will sit at separate tables at opposite ends of the room. 

The 3,300 square foot Advocacy Center will be a place where victims can meet with Victim Advocates to assist with everything from filing paper work, finding resources and referrals to checking emails, eating snacks and a children's play area. 

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