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Hubbard House and partners reaffirm commitment to ending domestic violence

October 01, 2016

For more information contact:
Melissa Sturgis, Community Relations Coordinator
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HUBBARD HOUSE AND PARTNERS REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – SEPT. 30, 2016 – In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October, Hubbard House, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, Northeast Florida law enforcement and Betty Griffin House held a press conference today to reaffirm their commitment to ending domestic violence.

The press conference addressed the need to raise public awareness about domestic violence and the resources available in Northeast Florida. It also served as the launch of a month-long #YouAreNotAlone social media awareness campaign, jointly led by Hubbard House, Betty Griffin House, Micah’s Place and Quigley House.

“Identifying and intervening in potentially lethal intimate partner domestic violence situations is the work of the Invest Team. Our resources are dedicated to this outstanding partnership between law enforcement, social service providers and city government. Anyone who knows of a person living under the threat or fear of domestic violence should contact us at either 9-1-1 or 630-0500 if not an emergency,” said Sheriff Mike Williams.

The Domestic Violence Fatality Review 2015 Report was released at the conference. The report is an examination of domestic violence homicides from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015, including an analysis of domestic violence homicides from Dec. 1996 to December 2015. The purpose of the fatality report is to identify patterns and trends in domestic violence related deaths, which might have been preventable.

According to report, there were six intimate partner domestic violence homicides in Duval County in 2015. None of the suspects, all male, had prior criminal records for domestic violence with their murdered partners, and none of the victims, all women, had availed themselves of domestic violence related services or shelter.

“Our goal is prevention. In Duval County, 12 domestic violence related cases are reported each day. In those reported cases, we have the chance to intervene and prevent domestic violence homicides. But none of the 2015 domestic violence homicides ever had a prior report of domestic violence. We need the community, neighbors, friends, family and co-workers to recognize the signs, report what they know, and support the victims so that our community partners can refer them to the appropriate services. And then maybe next year we will have prevented a tragedy,” said Theresa Simak, Assistant State Attorney.

“The fatality report is always sobering to hear, but the hardest thing for me is the fact that we did not get the opportunity to intervene and possibly prevent these homicides,” said Ellen Siler, Hubbard House Chief Executive Officer. “I talk to survivors a lot, and if not the police, it is often a family member or friend or coworker who told them about what services domestic violence centers can provide. When it comes to domestic violence, none of us can afford to be silent bystanders.”

Individuals who are in an abusive relationship, or know someone who is, are urged to call Hubbard House’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or 1-800-500-1119.

Hubbard House is a full-service certified domestic violence center providing prevention and intervention services to domestic violence survivors and their families in Duval and Baker counties in Northeast Florida.

For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, please visit www.hubbardhouse.org and follow Hubbard House on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To view 2015 Domestic Violence Fatality Report visit www.hubbardhouse.org/domestic-violence/resources.