DCF Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2015

DCF Recognizes 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 statewide to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and educate families about warning signs and resources available for victims.

“Domestic violence is the second leading allegation reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline. Family violence impacts everyone from the victim to the household members who witness the event,” said Secretary Mike Carroll. “It’s crucial for us to wrap these families with services so we can end the cycle of abuse.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners or former partners to establish power and control. It may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and economic abuse.

"Advocates in Florida's 42 certified domestic violence centers work tirelessly 24-hours-a-day to provide critical life saving services to survivors and their children.  The cornerstone of our work are the collaborative partnerships on both the statewide and local levels, especially the unique public/private partnership with DCF.  During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we encourage community members to contact their local certified domestic violence center and ask how you can be part of the solution to end this horrific crime that plagues our communities," said Tiffany Carr President and CEO Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers provide crisis intervention and support services to adult victims of domestic violence and their children free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, more than 15,397 individuals received emergency shelter at one of Florida’s certified centers.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of age, gender or race. 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: Michelle Glady, Press Secretary, 850-717-4450