Florida's 42 domestic violence centers provide crisis intervention and support services to adult victims of domestic violence and their children free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. Services provided by certified domestic violence centers are listed below.
Many centers also provide legal and court advocacy, transportation, relocation assistance, life skills training, transitional housing, child care, outreach services, rape crisis intervention, and prevention programs in local schools.
|Services Provided in Fiscal Year 2018-19|
|Safety Plans Completed||163,938|
|Information and Referral||360,348|
|Counseling and Advocacy Hours||293,666|
|Source: Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2018-19 Annual Report to the Legislature.|Domestic Violence Services. The 2020 Florida Legislature enacted Ch. 2020-06, Laws of Florida, which removes the express requirement for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to contract with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) but does not prohibit DCF from contracting with FCADV or another, similar, coalition in the future. The law amends various statutes to remove duties previously held by FCADV and transfers those functions to DCF, unless DCF chooses to contract for the provision of domestic violence services.
Child Protection Investigation (CPI) Project. In 2009, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Department of Children and Families, and the Office of the Attorney General created the CPI Project, a program designed to provide a coordinated community response for families experiencing the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse by co-locating domestic violence advocates within CPI Units. These co-located advocates provide consultation to child welfare professionals, support and referral services to survivors, and coordination with community partners. The program provides immediate intervention, sometimes within hours of a child abuse report, to help stabilize the crisis and increase safety in the home. The goal of the statewide project is to enhance family safety and to create permanency for children by focusing on keeping the child safe in the home with the non-offending parent, while increasing perpetrator accountability measures. In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the CPI Projects allowed 12,596 children, whose families were involved in the child welfare system, to remain in the home with the non-offending parent, representing a 10% increase from the previous fiscal year.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking National Data Collection Efforts Underway to Address Some Information Gaps, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-11-833T, July 13, 2011.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are located on its website.
Websites of Interest
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan and Planning and Performance Measures, which reports the department's performance on external and internal measures for its various programs. The measures allow the user to view performance at both a statewide and geographic region level.
Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-500-1119