Domestic Violence Unit

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control by one family or household member over another family or household member through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. “Family or household member” means a spouse, former spouse, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are residing together as if a family, or who have resided together in the past, and persons who have a child in common, regardless of whether they have been married or resided together.

Who can be a Victim?

Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic or educational background.

Signs of Domestic Violence

If any of these things have happened to you, you may have feelings of helplessness, fear, shame, guilt and anger. You may blame yourself for the things that are happening and feel responsible for what happens to your abuser. There may be other problems in your home, such as lack of money, worry for children or other family members that make it hard to leave an abusive relationship. Please remember that you are not alone! There are people and agencies willing and able to help you.



  First Call for Help (24 Hour Crisis Line) Call 211 or 954-537-0211  
  Women in Distress (Full Service Domestic Violence Center) 954-761-1133
  KID Broward County (Support for Abused Children) 954-390-7654
  Nancy J. Cotterman Sexual Assault Treatment Center 954-357-5776
  State Attorney’s Office Broward County 954-831-6955
  State Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit 954-831-7978
  State Attorney’s Office Victim Advocate Unit 954-765-4133
  Florida Abuse Registry (Child & Elderly) 800-962-2873
  Clerk of Courts (Restraining Orders/Injunctions) 954-831-7693, 954-831-5570 or 954-831-5579
  Henderson Behavioral Health (Mental Health Counseling & After Hours Restraining Orders) 954-463-0911
  Florida Attorney General’s Office 866-966-7226
  Florida Attorney General’s Office, Div. of Victim Services 850-414-3500
  Crimes Compensation (Attorney General) 800-226-6667
  Broward County Sheriff's Victim Services Unit 954-321-4831
  Legal Aid Service of Broward County 954-765-8950
  Coast to Coast (Elder Law, Family Law, Economic/Health) 954-736-2400
  Florida Bar (Lawyer Referral Service) 800-342-8060
  Broward County Bar Association (Lawyer Referral Service) 954-764-8310
  Americans for Immigrant Justice 305-573-1106, ext: 1690
  Guardian Ad Litem - Broward County 954-831-6214
  VINE (Notification Regarding Release from Jail) 877-846-3435
  Florida Domestic Violence Hotline 800-500-1119
  National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
  National Center for Victims of Crime 800-FYI-CALL
  National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
  National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline 800-331-9474
  Children’s Home Society of Florida 954-453-6400
  National Runaway Safeline 800-786-2929
  Glass House (Child, Adolescent & Adult Counseling in English, Creole and Spanish) 954-938-0055
  PACE Center for Girls 954-561-6939
  PRIDE Center (Free HIV/STD Counseling/Testing) 954-463-9005
  Parents of Murdered Children 888-818-7662
  Spectrum Program (Addiction Information & Treatment) 954-777-2977
  Sun Serve (LGBTQ) Social Service Agency 954-764-5150

What is a Safety Plan and why do I need one?

As the victim in an abusive relationship, you do not have the ability to control or change your partner’s behavior. You do, however, have options that you can explore to help keep you and your family safe. Only you have the ability to determine with whom you may safely discuss your situation and possible options. It is a good idea to speak to people who may be able to help you before a crisis occurs so that you have a plan as well as an idea of resources that may be able to assist you. Things you should consider when developing your safety plan:

Office of the Attorney General Address Confidentiality Program:

The State of Florida’s Address Confidentiality Program assists victims of domestic violence who are attempting to escape from actual or threatened violence through relocation. The participants are provided with an address designated by the Office of the Attorney General as a substitute mailing address in order to prevent their assailants from finding them. Through use of the substitute mailing address, program participants receive cost-free, security mail forwarding. The Attorney General serves as each client’s legal agent for receipt of mail and service of process. Victims who have left an abusive situation may apply. Please contact 1-800-226-6667 for further information (Office of the Attorney General).

Where can I obtain an injunction for protection?

Broward County Courthouse 954-831-7693, 954-831-5570 or 954-831-5579

201 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale

What is stalking?

Florida Statutes, § 784.048 states, “Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows harasses or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking.” Aggravated stalking occurs when that person also makes a credible threat or continues such conduct after an injunction for protection against repeat violence, sexual violence, dating violence or domestic violence has been issued by a court of law.