On behalf of the citizens of DeKalb County, Sheriff Patrick Ray on Thursday presented DeKalb Court Advocate Kellie Nash from the Cookeville Genesis House donated phones the Sheriff's Department has collected from residents here.
Nash says "I want to thank the Citizens of DeKalb County for their cell phone donations. We take the donated phones, refurbish them, and give them to our clients as a way to contact Law Enforcement in case of an emergency. The cell phones only will call 911. Nash said that every 14 seconds in our country, a woman is battered by her intimate partner and every 5 years, more women are killed by domestic violence than Americans killed in the Vietnam War."
Sheriff Ray also expressed his concern about domestic violence adding that 20% of all murders are domestic violence related and 76% of rape and sexual assaults are committed by husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends, family members or acquaintances. Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence may contact Sheriff Ray at 597-4935 or you may call the 24 hour Genesis House Crisis Line at 1-800-707-5197 or 931-526-5197.
Sheriff Ray says he wants to thank the Citizens of DeKalb County for their donations and the department will be collecting used cell phones again this year. You may drop off any cell phones and chargers at the Sheriff's Office.