Morning Star Sanctuary – a program of AGAPE

Morning Star Sanctuary is one of only two emergency domestic violence shelters in Davidson County. The Metro Nashville Police Department receives a staggering number of domestic violence reports each year, and victims can often be turned away due to lack of shelter space in Davidson County.

In 2018, Morning Star Sanctuary officially merged with AGAPE, which has provided children and family social services and professional counseling for more than 50 years.

Based on the most recent data from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Tennessee has the fourth highest rate of women killed by men in the United States. Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States. Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Morning Star Sanctuary aims to empower victims to break the cycle of violence that controls their lives.

In 2021, Morning Star Sanctuary provided shelter to 97 women and 56 children. Morning Star's mission is to provide a safe haven and numerous other services for victims of domestic violence and their children with the healing love of Christ.

The four flagship services of Morning Star Sanctuary include:

  1. Emergency Shelter to provide a safe and confidential place to live after leaving an abusive relationship
  2. Court Advocacy Services to assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining Orders of Protection
  3. A Mentoring Program to provide a safety net of counseling, education, and financial literacy training
  4. A Children’s Program to respond to the needs of the smallest survivors

We believe there is great purpose and joy ahead for the children, families and individuals we serve through the combined work of two agencies rich with history, experience and legacies of service.

To learn more about ways you can support Morning Star Sanctuary and AGAPE, please contact Chandler Means at 615-781-3000.

Morning Star Sanctuary


24/7 Crisis Line: 615-860-0003