State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Jeb Bush

Lucy D. Hadi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brenda Brody
September 27, 2006 850-488-4855


-Sixteen agencies will receive funding-

TALLAHASSEE - Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Lucy D. Hadi today announced that $5.5 million in Capital Improvement Grants will be awarded to 16 domestic violence agencies in the state of Florida. Grant funds will be used to assist with construction, acquisition, repairs, improvements and upgrades to shelter, outreach and transitional facilities for victims of domestic violence.

The 2006 recipients of the Capital Improvement Grants represent 30 counties statewide. Some centers will use funds for multiple facilities. Once construction is completed, this funding will have provided for an additional 102 shelter beds and 46 transitional beds throughout the state.

"Domestic violence is one of Florida's leading social problems and this funding further supports our efforts to end this terrible form of abuse," said Secretary Hadi. "By building additional shelters and upgrading others, more victims will be able to escape the physical and emotional pain of violence and find safety for themselves and their families."

Many of Florida's 41 domestic violence centers are in need of renovation and repair. Domestic violence centers range in type of facility and size. In 2005, shelters ranged from small eight-bed facilities to larger 102-bed facilities, averaging 39 beds per shelter and totaling 1,620 shelter beds available for victims and their children. According to the 2006 Capital Needs Assessment, the three greatest requests of domestic violence centers are outreach services, transitional housing and enhancements to domestic violence facilities.

Due to Florida's changing demographic climate, new and enhanced services are often offered by the centers. Centers throughout the state and their partners work to raise awareness of the shifting needs of victims of domestic violence. Recent research shows outreach offices in rural areas have become more important. In addition, the enlargement of current outreach offices and affordable transitional housing in urban areas are vital to enable the centers to better serve their communities.

The Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Domestic Violence provides supervision, direction, coordination and administration of statewide activities related to the prevention of domestic violence. To learn more about the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Domestic Violence visit


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