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Steve Anderson, Nashville Chief of Police

“On average, every twenty minutes, Nashville police officers are responding to domestic violence. Patrol officers are often called upon to intervene after an assault or even a homicide has occurred in a domestic setting. While specialized detectives work on front-end prevention strategies, the focus of the entire city, not just the police, must shift to prevention. AMEND Together’s strategy to invite men to help solve the problem just makes sense.”

 
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Derek Mason, Head Men's Football Coach at Vanderbilt University

“At Vanderbilt University, we prepare student-athletes to become leaders and champions in life by placing the highest values on integrity, character, sportsmanship, and victory. We believe our partnership with AMEND Together helps to achieve that mission.”

 
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Deborah Turner, VP at Journal Communications

“NewsChannel 5 reports all too often on the devastating effects of domestic violence. That’s why we are so excited about this fresh approach to confront the problem. Our commitment to AMEND Together is one of the biggest community projects in station history. As we support this effort, we look forward to seeing its healing effect in the community we serve.”

 

Glenn Funk, District Attorney General of Metro Nashville and Davidson County

“The AMEND Training proved to be informative, insightful, and powerful. Our office enjoyed this program and what we learned is already making an impact. Thank you for providing the AMEND Training to the Nashville District Attorney’s Office.”

 

Thomas Francis, Teacher at McKissack Middle School

“I am experiencing the AMEND club having an impact on the students at Moses McKissack Middle School by the way the male students are interacting with female students, by the way they are speaking more positively with female students, and by the way the students are encouraging one another and holding each other accountable to how they are treating all students. It is a daily practice and students do need reminders sometimes, and that is part of the accountability piece. I like how the AMEND club helps us to be consistent and intentional in the process of assisting our young boys to become young men.”


Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

“Communities like Nashville that don’t address violence against women suffer socially as well as economically. It’s an important issue that affects the city’s bottom line. AMEND Together is our opportunity to tell everyone that in Nashville we value women, and we are committed to keeping them safe.”

 
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Beth Debauche, Commissioner of the Ohio Valley College Athletics Conference

“AMEND Together is an innovative domestic violence initiative that uses sports and coaches as a foundation. It is focused on reducing violence within a community through the engagement of men and the education of boys. The team setting provided by athletics provides a perfect educational environment to positively impact our youth—to shape a generation of boys that value and respect women and girls.”

 
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Derrick Moore, Character Development Coach at Georgia Tech

"The takeaways were extraordinary, as our student athletes had the opportunity to hear real life talk and information that they can use going forward as current student athletes and ten, twenty, thirty years down the road...I thought the message encompassed everything that both our young ladies and young men needed to experience tonight. I certainly think that it was a difference maker for them."

 
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Dr. Kellie Hargis, Principal of Hume-Fogg Magnet High School

“As a woman, I had my own thinking challenged a bit as I reflected on my own role how gender-related expectations and outcomes play out in my school and life – how my own preconceived notions around the idea of and the qualities and expectations of “manhood” may impact my own words or attitudes as it relates to my students, both male and female.  Given the current context playing out in our school district as well as across the nation with the #metoo movement and the Supreme Court Justice fight, your message really resonated with me.  It seemed a message we ALL need to hear.”

 
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Dr. Tony Majors, Executive Officer of Support Services for Metro Nashville Public Schools

“One of the greatest benefits that I see with the AMEND clubs in our schools, is their ability to engage young men in addressing an issue that is often silently accepted in our communities.  These young men and their club sponsors are working to bring awareness and solutions to an issue that may have negatively impacted them, their friends, or members of their own families.”