According to some definitions, domestic violence consists of harmful action, whether physical, emotional or sexual, perpetrated by one intimate partner on another. Tennessee law strongly condemns any act of domestic violence. Any victim of domestic violence may have access to various helplines and agencies to help them escape a dangerous situation.
Domestic violence became a hot topic of discussion after the recent release of the video of an NFL player assaulting his then-fiancé in an elevator. The impact of the video was seen in Tennessee, where cases of domestic violence are all too frequent. After the video went viral on the Internet, domestic violence hotlines said they observed a surge in reporting and complaints.