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.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS/COMMUNITY RESOURCES
EMERGENCIES - CALL 911
|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.