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Tennessee is working to establish a statewide Family Justice Center program aimed at helping reduce domestic violence.

Commissioner Bill Gibbons says Tennessee is the first state to use federal grant funding to prioritize the issue.

Tennessee has seen nearly an 11% decrease in reports of domestic violence, from more than 56,000 at this point last year to 50,000 as of August this year.

Still, these crimes make up a large chunk of all violent crimes in the state.

"We rank 6th in the nation in the rate of women killed by men, so while we're making progress, we have a long way to go. And Family Justice Centers, in our opinion, are a key part in making continued headway in this problem," said Comm. Gibbons.

Knoxville is already home to one center, but Gibbons says he wants to add more. Gibbons says these centers give victims access to safety, advocacy and justice services and provide a comprehensive approach to ending domestic violence.

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