State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Jeb Bush
Governor

Lucy D. Hadi
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Al Zimmerman
October 9, 2006 850-488-4855

DCF RECOGNIZES DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

- Communities throughout the state work to educate and raise awareness -

TALLAHASSEE - Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Lucy Hadi invited Floridians statewide today to join in recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through its Office of Domestic Violence, DCF works to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence by developing partnerships with local organizations to address the needs of victims and families in crisis.

         "Domestic violence is a problem that impacts every community in our state, transcending age, race and economic boundaries," said Secretary Hadi. "We hope all Floridians will take the time this month to educate themselves on the severity of this problem, and join us in our commitment making Florida a violence free state."

        According to the Uniform Crime Reports Annual Report, Crime in Florida, a total of 126,386 domestic violence incidents were reported during 2005. Domestic violence accounted for 39 percent of all comparably reported violent offenses and simple assault. The spouse or live-in partner was the victim in 54 percent of these offenses. Children accounted for seven percent of the victims.

        The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) is working to end the cycle of violence and promote the importance of a Violence Free Florida. As part of that effort, DCF and FCADV are working together to better educate their employees and volunteers while hosting special activities and events across the state to educate the public

        DCF's Domestic Violence Office provides supervision, direction, coordination, and administration of statewide activities related to the prevention of domestic violence. For more information about the Office of Domestic Violence, visit http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/domesticviolence. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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