Domestic Violence Awareness
The District Attorney’s Office is committed to assisting victims of domestic violence and enhancing the public’s awareness of an issue that impacts thousands of Nashville families. One of the most powerful method’s of control and coercion in domestic violence cases is strangulation. Strangulation is an expression of an abuser’s ability and willingness to take their victims’ lives at any time.
Below are six things you should know about strangulation:
The District Attorney General
The District Attorney General for the 20th Judicial District is responsible for the prosecution of all alleged violations of state criminal laws that occur within Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Both felony and misdemeanor crimes are prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office as well as the criminal acts of juveniles (persons less than eighteen (18) years of age). District Attorney General Glenn R. Funk was sworn in to office on August 28, 2014. He became Davidson County’s 36th District Attorney and only the third since 1966. Under his leadership, the District Attorney’s Office is focused on prosecuting violent crime in our community and protecting vulnerable victims.
“The District Attorney’s Office is committed to public service, fairness and justice for all. Our focus is on protecting vulnerable victims from violent crimes and to make sure victims have the best lawyer in the courtroom. Our mission is to make Nashville a safe place to raise a family and grow a business.”
–Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney
SCOTT R. MCMURTRY
May 25, 1956-February 27, 2016
General Scott McMurtry served as an Assistant District Attorney for 16 years in Nashville/Davidson County. He was a veteran of the United States Army, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Rutgers University School of Law. General McMurtry passed away on February 27, 2016 at age 59. He is survived by his wife Sarannah; children Aeryn Elisabeth McMurtry, Cori Leyanne McMurtry, Asa Robert McMurtry; parents James Robert and Norma Dean McMurtry; brother Dana Patrick McMurtry; sister, Krista Kay Clark (Travis); mother and father in law, Donald and Joanne Emry, many nieces and nephews and a team of admiring colleagues in the legal community.
Nashville’s Newest Court To Aid Prostitutes By Treating Them As Victims, Not Criminals
Nashville becomes just the fifth city in the country to create a specific court process for victims of human trafficking. It puts less emphasis on criminal punishment and more on treatment.
Police and prosecutors will work harder to identify trafficking and offer victims up to a year of counseling, housing, or drug treatment. If they complete the program, known as “Cherished H.E.A.R.T.S.,” their charges will be dismissed. This is similar to a drug abuse court.
Many participants will likely be found through prostitution arrests. Those cases often reveal that victims were coerced, or trafficked. That’s the difference. Anyone forced into sex will be treated as a victim — if they agree to get help, says prosecutor Tammy Meade.
“It sounds funny that sometimes somebody needs to be arrested to determine that they’re a victim,” Meade said.
“Not everybody’s going to want to do this,” she said. “One day, they’re going to say, ‘You know what, I can’t do this anymore and I’m ready for that help.’ And when that happens, we’re going to be here for them.”