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OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

KNOW HOW TO STAY SAFE

Date: October 15, 2012                                                                   PIO Number: 12-10-15

Each year, more than 100,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported to law enforcement agencies in Florida. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office remind the public that there is help for victims of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can lead to injury, psychological trauma or death, and its damage can touch entire families, including children. Almost a third of female homicide victims who are reported in law enforcement records are killed by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“It takes courage, but I want the victims of domestic violence to know they can get out of abusive relationships,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “BSO and its partners will work to keep you safe. You are not alone.”

BSO is committed to reducing the number of domestic violence cases in Broward County. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. Please call for help:
• Women in Distress 24-hour crisis hotline: (954) 761-1133
• BSO’s Victim Services: (954) 321-4200
• Florida Domestic Violence toll-free Hotline at (800) 500-1119
• National Domestic Violence toll-free Hotline at (800) 799-7233
• In an emergency, always dial 9-1-1

For more information about preventing domestic violence and local contact information to help victims, visit www.sheriff.org/safety/domestic.cfm online.

To see Sheriff Lamberti’s public safety announcement about domestic violence, visit www.sheriff.org/videos/play.cfm?id=a902caf7-c65a-0901-d72a-dfe2aab29ff8 online.

This report by
Dani Moschella/PIO

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