In 1996, in response to what could be considered the greatest local violent crime problem, The Front Line Domestic Violence Task Force was formed to provide a united basis for the criminal justice system to combat the problem of domestic violence. The Front Line is composted of representatives from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee Valley Authority Police, the Office of Probatoin and Parole, Abuse Alternatives, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office and members of the District Attorney's Office.
The inital goal of the Task Force was to raise funds from the community to provide more intense and better training for the police, polaroid cameras for each police cruiser, tape recorders for each officer and safety devices for the victims of domestic violence.
From all areas of the community support poured forth, financial and otherwise to meet each goal. As a result, officials have been able to arrest, prosecute and convict perpetrators of domestic violence. The Front Line has been able to afford protection to members of society who seem unable to protect themselves.
As was expected, the number of domestic violence calls increased following the initial creation of The Front Line. Likewise, there was a noticeable increase in the number of related arrests. The figures then peaked in 1998 and have since been declining thanks in part to the effecient and effective efforts of Front Line.
It is the intention of Front Line to ensure that the downward trend in domestic calls and arrests continues. The Task Force hopes to one day eradicate this blight upon humanity, which has proven so devastating to the victims and children who are involuntarily exposed to a life of brutality.
Sullivan County Sherrif's Department
Domestic Violence Specialist: (423) 279-7506
Kingsport Police Department
Domestic Violence Specialist: (423) 224-2538
Bristol Police Department
Domestic Violence Specialist: (423) 989-5541
Kingsport Area Safe House: (844) 578-SAFE (7233)
Bristol Area Safe House: (423) 652-9093