Interventions: Florida Resources
Florida has taken a progressive
attitude toward intervention for domestic/intimate partner violence and is at
the forefront of states' efforts to protect victims and prevent violence. While
domestic violence remains a serious problem in Florida, there has been significant
improvement. Studies indicate that from 1994 to 2003, domestic violence is up
0.6% in number (because of overall population increase and increase in reporting)
but down 18.2 % in rate.
Domestic violence centers
Florida has 41 domestic
violence centers throughout the state. In fiscal year 2003-2004, Florida's domestic
violence centers responded to 132,629 crisis calls, provided counseling services
to 197,787 individuals, and provided emergency shelter to 14,467 individuals,
primarily women and children. The domestic violence centers provide a wide variety
of services, including the following:
Click here to locate Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Local certified domestic violence centers.
The Rural Diversity Initiative
(RDI) is sponsored by the Florida Coalition against Violence Project.
A needs assessment showed that the African American community was overwhelmingly
the most under-served population in North Florida's rural communities. Since
its inception in 1996, the RDI has opened 12 outreach offices serving 21 counties.
Two new shelters have been established, and more than 2500 rural victims have
been provided with crisis intervention services. The rural initiative provides
an annual rural conference, Behind Closed Doors-Breaking the Silence
in Rural Communities. The goal of the RDI is to promote an environment
where women of color, who suffer from domestic/intimate partner violence, can
access intervention services. Services that the RDI provide include:
This program has been so
successful that it is being emulated in other states.
The Haitian Refugee Domestic
Violence Project (HRDVP), sponsored by the Florida Coalition against Violence
Project, aims to address the particular issues that are faced by Haitian-Creole
immigrant women. The Coalition will collaborate with shelters in Dade, Broward
and Palm Beach counties to provide the Haitian-Creole community a number of
Florida has the highest
proportion of older residents to younger residents in the United States and
ranks 4th among the states in actual numbers of elderly citizens, with over
3.6 million Floridians aged 60 and over. The Florida Coalition against Violence
Project has recently distributed elder domestic violence posters, brochures,
and booklets in an effort to improve awareness that violence occurs in all types
of families, regardless of age.
Battered Women's Prison Project
The Battered women's Prison
Project (BWPP), sponsored by the Florida Coalition against Violence Project,
advocates for the freedom of incarcerated victims through clemency representation.
The project works to gain release of women convicted of killing their abusers
and also advocates for those imprisoned for attempted murder and other charges.
The project documents all instances of abuse, mental health consequences, and
injustices of the criminal judicial system. It provides representation throughout
the clemency interview processes. Clients are also assisted with prison issues,
aftercare plans, and other needs.
The Clearinghouse Project
(CP) was initiated in 1977 as the first pilot project of its type in the United
States. This project is sponsored by the Florida Coalition against Violence
Project. The purpose of the CP was initially to assist victims of domestic/intimate
partner violence with legal assistance or obtaining injunctions for protection.
But it has expanded its role. A Civil Legal Assistance grant is being used to
expand the CP through legal representation of domestic/intimate partner violence
victims in dissolution of marriage and child custody actions.
Violence Free Florida Initiative
In 2002, Governor Jeb Bush
initiated a campaign to educate the public and increase awareness of domestic/intimate
partner violence, provide safety and services to victims, and create public/private
partnerships to address the problem. The initiative is implemented by the Department
of Children and Families. Some projects of the initiative include the following:
A victim of domestic/intimate
partner violence, or any person at risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence,
also has the right to ask for a court order known as an injunction for
protection, commonly referred to as a "restraining order." Under
Florida law, the victim has the right to ask for an injunction for protection
by filing a petition with the Clerk of the Court at any local courthouse. The
person seeking the injunction does not need to have an attorney, and since October
2002, there has been no filing fee for an injunction for protection against
domestic violence. However, if the person is not a resident of Florida, there
may be a sheriff's fee, which can be waived if the person filing has insufficient
funds. Someone should be available to assist in filling out the necessary paperwork.
After the paperwork has been completed, if it is determined by the Court that
the person is in danger of being victimized, the deputy clerk will prepare a
temporary injunction order for signature by a judge. This order can be obtained
on the same day the person files the petition without a hearing before the judge.
The temporary injunction is valid for up to 15 days, during which time a court
hearing will be scheduled to determine if there is the need for a permanent
injunction. People applying for injunctions should be advised that they need
to make a plan for safety as well. The Florida Task Force on Domestic and Sexual
violence found that more than 17% of domestic homicide victims had a protection
order against the perpetrator at the time of the killing.
The Batterer Intervention
Program (BIP) is now administered by the Florida Department of Children and
Families. The role of the program is NOT to intercede on behalf of the batterer
in any legal or civil proceedings regarding past, current, or future abusive
behavior. There are a number of purposes for the BIP:
Most courses in the program
involve 26 group meetings, lasting 1.5 hours each. The overall goal of the program
is essentially to provide participants with information and practical tools
to change those values, beliefs, and behaviors that provided the foundation
for their use of violence and other methods of abuse.
Cut Out Domestic Violence
is a partnership of the Office of the Attorney General and the Florida Coalition
Against Domestic Violence that sponsors educational seminars about domestic
violence for hair stylists and nail technicians. These professionals are often
on the "front lines" of the battles against domestic violence. Hair
stylists and nail technicians may be able to spot early warning signs and help
victims get the assistance they need.
Safety Net is a program
of the National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund, supported by the Florida
Office of the Attorney General, to expand the use of high-tech tools to improve
safety for survivors of domestic violence. The program will educate those who
can protect and aid those victims, such as law enforcement officers, victim
advocates, and emergency care personnel, in the use of wireless and other modern
technologies to increase personal safety and privacy. Increasingly, abusers
are installing spyware software programs on computers to monitor their partner's
online activity or using satellite tracking devices to monitor their activities.
Caller ID devices have been used to track victims. Law enforcement officers
will receive training on how to identify and hold abusers responsible for the
misuse of technology.
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