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Program Mission

Ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence by developing partnerships with community organizations to create a seamless system of services.

Program Overview

The Department’s Domestic Violence Program operates as the central clearinghouse for state and federal funding initiatives for the prevention and intervention of domestic violence. Among the Program’s primary responsibilities are the administration and oversight of federal and state funding designated to assist Florida’s certified domestic violence centers, the leading providers of domestic violence services. The Domestic Violence Program monitors and funds the centers as authorized in Chapter 39.903 F.S.

The Domestic Violence Program also promotes a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to enhancing advocacy and improving the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes. Various partners in this effort include: the Office of State Courts Administrator, Office of the Attorney General, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and local State Attorney’s offices, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, local law enforcement agencies, and numerous community-based victim and legal service agencies. Additionally, the Domestic Violence Program provides technical support through the development of policy and practice to support victims.

Domestic Violence Services

Florida’s 41 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, 7-days a week. Services include emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis and information hotline, safety planning, counseling, case management, child assessments, information and referrals, education for community awareness, and training for law enforcement and other professionals. Many centers also provide legal and court advocacy, transportation, relocation assistance, economic empowerment classes, transitional housing, daycare, outreach services, rape crisis intervention, and prevention programs in local schools.