Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 21-10-8

Date: Oct. 6, 2021

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On the latest episode of Shop Talk with the Sheriff, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sheriff Gregory Tony sits down with Debra Burton, a victim advocate who has been with the Broward Sheriff’s Office since 1984. Burton helps victims of violent crimes and intervenes in crises. She shares her experiences and knowledge on domestic violence.

“Domestic violence can be physical abuse, emotional or psychological. It is intimidation, especially now when you have Facebook, social media and texting. They are using that now as a form of intimidating the victim,” Burton said. “It doesn’t matter how rich you are, how poor you are, how educated you are or your sexual orientation. It attacks everyone.”

As Burton and her fellow victim advocates help to bridge investigation and advocacy, they remind the victim and survivors that it is not their fault.

“If you are a victim of domestic violence or your children are witnessing it, it is not your fault. It is learned behavior. You are not responsible for the suspect’s actions or reactions because of something you did,” Burton stressed.

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, resources, counseling or ongoing needs. You may also visit for more information.
- BSO Victim Advocate Unit: 954-321-4200

Listen to the latest Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast for free HERE or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, iHeartRadio, Breaker, Overcast, RadioPublic and Castbox. 
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Mianda Grossman/PIO