DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 21-10-1

Date: Oct. 1, 2021

On average, more than one in three women and one in ten men in the United States will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance for domestic violence, and from the very first call for help, BSO will be there to help every step of the way.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in 2019, 105,298 domestic violence incidents were reported to law enforcement statewide. Many more incidents of domestic violence go unreported. In our effort to support domestic violence victims and survivors, BSO connects victims to partnering organizations that provide lifesaving resources and support services with compassion and care. BSO victim advocates provide crisis intervention, short-term counseling and referrals, criminal justice information, court support and emergency assistance for limited shelter, food and basic physical needs arising from victimization.

If you or someone you know needs help or support, don’t hesitate to call BSO or one of the listed resources:

- Emergency: dial 911
- Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119
- Women in Distress: Main number: 954-760-9800, Crisis Hotline: 954-761-1133 (available 24 hours) for emergency shelter, and resources, counseling or ongoing needs. You may also visit www.womenindistress.org for more information.
- BSO Victim Advocate Unit: 954 321-4200

THIS REPORT BY:
Miranda Grossman/PIO