DCF Joins with Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2016 

 DCF Joins with Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to Recognize
Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is joining with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and community partners throughout Florida to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and educate families about resources available for victims.

“Domestic violence is a prominent factor in many child protective investigations because it impacts every member of the household,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “We are proud to partner with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide the protection and services victims need to heal and recover, and to generate more public awareness of the resources available to combat domestic violence.”

“Advocates in Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers provide emergency life-saving shelter and services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, they are the front lines providing safety and hope to survivors of domestic violence and their children. But they are not alone in the work to ultimately prevent domestic violence. The Department of Children and Families, law enforcement and community allies are critical partners in creating a continuum of services for survivors, holding perpetrators accountable for their violence, educating the public and creating an awareness about domestic violence and the impact this horrific crime has on our state, our communities and in our homes,” said Tiffany Carr, President/CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report reported 107,666 domestic violence incidences and 66,276 arrests for domestic violence crimes. In the last fiscal year, Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers provided emergency shelter to 16,362 survivors of domestic violence and their children. The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline received an additional 27,587 calls.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of age, gender or race. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse used to establish power and control. The answers to these questions can help determine if you or someone you know may be a victim. Does he or she:

  • Isolate you from family and friends?
  • Say things to insult you?
  • Criticize your parenting skills?
  • Take your money?
  • Act as the primary decision-maker?
  • Prevent you from developing your career?
  • Physically harm you or threaten you with weapons?
  • Threaten to commit suicide?
  • Act like the way he/she treats you is your fault or you are over-exaggerating?
  • Threaten to hurt your pets?

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, call the Domestic Violence Hotline immediately at 1-800-500-1119.

For more information on where individuals and families can seek help or crisis services, visit www.myflfamilies.com/domestic-violence.

Contact: David Frady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4611.

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