Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

George H. Sheldon

October 12, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Highlights Domestic Violence Awareness Month,
Shares Statewide Community Activities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In commemoration of the thousands of Florida’s victims and survivors of domestic violence, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month by honoring and supporting victims and survivors of this devastating crime. Throughout October, communities around the state will host ceremonies, vigils and other events to promote awareness and education about the effects of domestic violence crime.

"Domestic violence touches all levels of society, either directly or indirectly, from the worst cases of extreme violence to intangible emotional and financial losses,” DCF Secretary George Sheldon said. “Sources of hope require advocacy services. Without the Governor and Legislature’s continued support, our ability to provide financial assistance would be greatly compromised. During this special month, we would like to thank the Governor and the Legislature for always considering the needs of Florida’s families first and foremost."

During the past three years, Gov. Charlie Crist, Secretary Sheldon, and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) have shared a solid relationship to Promote Peace-Prevent Domestic Violence in Florida. Through keen insight and leadership abilities there have been legislative funding opportunities designed to provide a stable and safe means for survivors of domestic violence seeking to end abuse.

Secretary Sheldon and all Department employees recognize the need for community partnerships aimed at developing solutions to domestic violence crime. Most recently the Department has partnered with the Attorney General and the FCADV to provide leadership, resources, and research involving Florida’s escalating domestic violence homicide rate.

The Department welcomes this opportunity to share some of the numerous statewide activities planned throughout Florida demonstrating community-wide commitments to raise awareness and encourage community activism to end domestic violence.

A list of events around the state is below:

Northwest Region:

The Salvation Army DV & Rape Crisis Program has partnered with Gulf Coast Community College to co-host a candlelight vigil to raise awareness to Domestic Violence.
Date: Thursday October 14 at 5:30 pm
Location: Gulf Coast Community College Campus
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, Fl

"Domestic Violence Awareness Speak-out & Candlelight Vigil"
Date: October 20 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee
Contact: Ghia Kelly at 850.922.6062 or

SunCoast Region:

"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence".
Sponsored by N.I.T.E The Center for Victim Advocacy and REAL
Date: October 14 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: MSC Amphitheater
University of South Florida Campus
Contact: |

"Domestic Violence Got Heard and Got Out"
Date: October 18 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Moffitt Cancer Center – Stabile Research Building Couch Auditorium
Contact: Brenda Howard at 813.745.5771

"Voices of Strength: Night of Expression"
Date: October 29 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Sacred Grounds
4819 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33617-6096

Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children presents "No Wrong Door: Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence".
Date: October 20 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Dr.
Naples, Fl
* Please visit to view all domestic violence events.

Southeast Region:

"Telling Amy’s Story" brought to you by the PBC Domestic Fatality Review Team in Partnership with the PBC Domestic Violence Council.
Date: October 26 at 1:00 pm
Location: Stage West, Palm Beach State College – Lake Worth Campus
Contact: Jeannie Hoban at 561.868.3053
Sergeant Kyle Haas at 561.688.4162

"Saving Our Community: Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse" brought to you by the Florida Resource Center for Women and Children and The City of Riviera Beach.
Date: October 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: City of Riviera Beach City Council Chambers
600 W. Blue Heron Blvd.
Riviera Beach, Fl

Domestic Violence & Faith in the African American Community "Barriers & Bridges" Community Forum
Date: October 16 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
911 9th Street
West Palm Beach, Fl

Southern Region:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Exhibit
Date: October 21 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Stephen P. Clark Government Center
150 Northwest 1st Street,
Miami, Fl