History + Mission
Jacksonville was one of the early leaders in the women’s movement and in developing services to address gender violence. A dedicated group of women in the early 70’s started a rape crisis hotline. They were soon bombarded with calls from women experiencing violence in their homes, for which there were no services available.
In 1976, the women purchased a house in the Springfield area of town and Hubbard House opened its doors specifically for victims of domestic violence and their children. Hubbard House opened as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida and the 13th in the southeast.
Over time, Hubbard House has evolved into a nationally recognized, full-service, certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties. Initially Hubbard House also provided services to Clay and Nassau counties. Hubbard House worked extensively with those communities to help them develop their own domestic violence centers. In fact Hubbard House served as the fiscal agent for Micah’s Place for their first year of operation.
Over time the shelter moved from Hubbard Street to a safe, secure and confidential location.
Every woman, man, and child who comes to Hubbard House finds support, counseling, and education as they begin the difficult and dangerous transition to safety and peace. Victims of domestic violence and their children are not charged for the life-saving services they receive at Hubbard House.
Each Hubbard House program, whether it focuses on intervention or prevention, contributes toward the agency’s mission of Every Relationship Violence-Free.
Our three main objectives are:
- Safety for victims and their children;
- Empowerment of victims; and
- Social change through education and advocacy.
Some highlights of our history are:
- February 1976: The Jacksonville Women’s Movement (JWM) purchases a house on Hubbard Street to serve as a shelter for abused women.
- November 1976: The shelter, now called Hubbard House, opens its doors.
- April 1978: Hubbard House purchases a second house on Duval Street to provide additional shelter for victims and their families.
- 1979: The children’s program is introduced, providing therapeutic child care for shelter residents in the Hubbard Street building.
- July 1981: Hubbard House launches the First Step Program, one of the first intervention programs in the country for batterers and the first in Florida. Over time Hubbard House would take a lead in developing state standards for batterers’ programs, with the CEO chairing the commission.
- 1985: Hubbard House opens its first thrift store on Edgewood Avenue.
- 1988: In partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office, Hubbard House inaugurates the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP), which improves the criminal justice response to better protect victims and hold abusers accountable. The project was later expanded to include the civil process and continues to meet monthly. In 1997, a sub-committee was formed to study and report on all domestic violence homicides. This committee still meets and issues a report with recommendations each year.
- 1991: The auxiliary organization, Friends of Hubbard House, is formed to increase community awareness of domestic violence and to raise funds for Hubbard House services.
- 1991: Hubbard House initiated the Student Aware Program which later became the Relationship Abuse Prevention program in area middle and high schools.
- 1992: Hubbard House, in partnership with ADT Security Systems and the Jacksonville Sheriff