2017 Tennessee Code
Title 71 - Welfare
Chapter 6 - Programs and Services for Abused Persons
Part 2 - Family Violence Shelters and Child Abuse Prevention Services
§ 71-6-202. Part definitions.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 71-6-202 (2017)
  • As used in this part, unless the context requires otherwise:
    • (1) "Child abuse prevention services" means those services designed to prevent the occurrence of child abuse and neglect. They may include, but are not limited to:
      • (A) Services relating to prevention of child abuse, such as counseling, self-help groups, hot lines and other related services; and
      • (B) Community and direct education services on child abuse awareness and prevention and related topics, such as parenting, coping with family stress, child development and prenatal care;
    • (2) "Family or household member" means those persons who customarily reside in the household and who are in need of temporary shelter because their lives or welfare are in danger;
    • (3) "Family violence" means causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to a family or household member or placing a family or household member in fear of imminent physical harm by threat of force, regardless of age or mental functioning;
    • (4) "Shelter" means a place where family violence victims and their children can seek temporary refuge twenty-four (24) hours a day and seven (7) days a week, including a program that develops and manages a system under which private homes or commercial lodgings are used as refuge for family violence victims and their children; and
    • (5) "Shelter services" means counseling for family violence victims, counseling for perpetrators, advocacy for family violence victims, referral of family violence victims to other community resources, community education regarding prevention of family violence and rehabilitation of perpetrators.
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