I've seen the data, and the numbers are troubling. More than 7,000 domestic violence offenses are reported to law enforcement here in Jacksonville. And even more go unreported.
Read the Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation
For too many years, domestic violence has been wrongly viewed as private family matters, but we must treat it like the serious crime that it is. It damages lives, destroys families, and has a profound impact on our community as a whole.
We must take action. But we must also let survivors know that they are not alone, and that their community is here to support them and give them hope.
Last year, our partners at the Hubbard House
provided shelter and services to more than 4,000 children and adults who are victims of domestic violence. And that's what this month, Domestic VIolence Awareness Month, is about: increasign awareness and encourgaging all citizens of our city to take a stand, support survivors and make evey relationship in Jacksonville violence free.
If you are in an abusive realtionship and need assistance, please call Hubbard Houses's 24-hour hotline at (904) 354-3114