Local NO MORE campaign seeks
to reduce DV and sexual assault

CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis Area Women's Council are joining this month to raise awareness locally about domestic violence (DV), a root cause of too many crimes in our community.

October each year is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, so designated by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1989. The purpose of setting aside a whole month is to get more people to recognize that DV thrives when too many people are silent.

"Too often the crimes that citizens help us solve involve DV," said E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman, CrimeStoppers executive director. "Mass awareness and knowledge of the problems associated with violence in the home can bring down crime statistics and build families rather than destroy them."

The Memphis Area Women's Council, working with the Memphis Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, is a lead agency in helping to bring the national NO MORE awareness campaign to Memphis.

Called "Memphis Says NO MORE" here, the campaign is telling the community through depictions of well-known local faces on posters and in public service video announcements that there "is never an excuse for domestic violence or sexual assault."

Everyone can help in the cause by taking a survey designed to determine where the whole community is currently in the attitudes and behaviors that surround the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The survey, put together by the University of Memphis Criminology Office and located here -   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNNLL7J - over time will help show how awareness is changing. It only takes a few minutes to do the survey and the results are completely anonymous.

DV by the numbers

More than half of all violent crime in our greater Memphis community is DV-related, when the wide definition of domestic violence is taken into effect, including family members, roommates, and ex-intimate partners.

An analysis by Richard Janikowski, a University of Memphis professor studying crime trends and statistics, showed in 2014 that of all DV offenses - 17,434 incidents reported to area police departments - the majority happened between 3 p.m. and midnight.

Among those crimes in 2014 were:

* 11 homicides
* 72 DV-related forcible rapes
* 1,819 aggravated assaults

Through the end of August this year, there were 9 DV homicides, 645 forcible rapes, 1,246 aggravated assaults, 7699 simple assaults, 1,962 intimidation offenses, 222 cases of stalking.

The total domestic violence offenses through the first eight months of 2015: 11,451.

Copperstoppers was created by CrimeStoppers in collaboration with businesses to fight the theft of and illegal sales, purchases and transportation out of town of copper and other scrap metals.

Copper stripped from wiring, appliances, plumbing or electrical boxes may bring hundreds of dollars when sold, but often results in thousands of dollars in damages to homes, apartments, churches 
and other facilities.

Special awards up to $1,000 are available for information leading to arrests.
Help stop the criminals - the "copperheads" - doing economic harm to our community.

sets a record
month in September

CrimeStoppers had its biggest month in the 34 years of its history in September when it paid awards to 41 citizens who provided tips that led to arrests.
The cases ranged from murders to robberies to location of fugitives from justice.
Three of the approved awards were for $1,000 - all in homicide cases.
"It is gratifying that CrimeStoppers has hit such a milestone," said Buddy Chapman, executive director of the nonprofit and nonpartisan agency. "With major crime statistics reported on the increase, CrimeStoppers is a proven vital instrument in bringing criminals to justice."
Real Time Crime Center data showed that 254 citizen tips were received during the month, a 30% increase over the same month last year. There also was a 28% increase in arrests due to tips (43) and a 32% increase in successful calls to 528-CASH, the anonymous tips line.
Websites building
new awareness

CrimeStoppers and its various programs are explained - and the public is engaged - in various places on the internet.
The main website explains the organization's purpose, and keeps count on major cases in which police need help from citizens -  www.crimestopmem.org.
A companion site helps students keep their schools safer - www.trustpays.org.
Senior citizens who are afraid or otherwise need help can find information they can use at another site - www.seniorbsafe.org.
Spanish-speaking citizens can learn about CrimeStoppers on a fourth site - www.pagoconfidencial.org.
Additionally, because the
 theft of copper and other metal and appliances has become a major problem in the metro area, CrimeStoppers is building a site for its new program called Copperstoppers.

Help spread the word

If you like - we hope you do! - you can help the cause against the metal thieves by liking our new Copperstoppers Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/901memphiscopperstoppers

And tell your friends, co-workers and acquaintances.
While you're at it, let them know about the main CrimeStoppers Facebook page too:

2574 Sam Cooper Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38112