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Domestic violence victims can expect a friendly knock on the door

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Don't be surprised if a Murfreesboro police officer comes knocking on your door if you're a victim of domestic violence.

The department has started a ‘Knock and Talk' program where they go door-to-door checking to make sure victims are safe, and perpetrators are in compliance of their order of protection to stay away.

It's known as Operation DV Knock and Talk.

"Hello how are you. I just came to check on you. I know you have an order of protection; the order is still in effect for one year," said Murfreesboro Police Domestic Violence Det. Kelvin Jones as he talked to a victim.

Murfreesboro Police Domestic Violence detectives hit the street in search of perpetrators who have been ordered by the courts to stay away from their victims.

"She knows we're out here. She also knows if we see the respondent there we are going to arrest him and take him to jail," Jones said.

That's the goal, protecting the victim, and making sure the accuser hasn't talked his or her way back inside the home.

"It can be a deadly situation for the victim, for the suspect, for law enforcement, and we want to stop that," Jones said.

Last year alone, Murfreesboro police responded to 3,900 domestic violence calls. That's more than 40 percent of all calls made to dispatchers.

Detectives said ‘Knock and Talk' will help protect the victims from more violence, and calm their fears.

Domestic Violence detectives said these order of protections aren't worth the paper they are written on if the perpetrators are not held accountable.

"We have called our order of protections, orders of illusions. As we know, a piece of paper is not going to stop a bullet, it's not going to stop a fist; it's not going to stop any type of a weapon," said Det. Sgt. Amy Dean, who heads the Murfreesboro Police Domestic Violence Unit.

"What we want to do is put the meat into the order; that meat being a strong enforcement." Dean said.

Detectives said they just want to get a handle on the problem before it is too late, one knock at a time.

"So we cannot get to a point where there is even a physical assault, much less a homicide," Dean said.

The Murfreesboro Police Domestic Violence Unit detectives also work closely with Middle Tennessee Medical Center, the Domestic Violence Center and other social organizations to try and help curb domestic violence as well as protect victims.

Operation 'Knock and Talk' officially starts Oct. 1, just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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