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Hubbard House urges community members to take action against domestic violence

October 04, 2016

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HUBBARD HOUSE URGES COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 4, 2016 — Hubbard House hosted the 22nd Annual Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast on Tuesday morning to raise awareness of the effects of domestic violence in the Jacksonville community. Nearly 700 community leaders were urged to take action to bring about social change.

Speakers included Ellen Siler, Hubbard House CEO, Bob Baldwin, President of the Hubbard House, Inc. Board of Directors, and three survivors of domestic violence. The annual breakfast is named to honor the life of Barbara Ann Campbell, sister-in-law to former Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold, who was killed by her husband of 38 years in 1995.

One of the survivors of domestic violence explained that she was once so desperate to escape the domestic violence situation at home that she considered living under a bridge. Instead, she turned to Hubbard House: “Because of Hubbard House, I am still alive, and I have a life to live instead of contemplating the bridge.”

Hubbard House offers an emergency shelter and 24-hour hotline to assist victims and their children. Last year, Hubbard House provided nearly 39,000 days of shelter and answered more than 4,500 hotline calls.

“At Hubbard House, we are working every day toward the vision of — Every Relationship Violence Free. Will we see this radical social change in our lifetimes? It’s possible, if we keep working together,” said Siler. “If we each leave here and find a way to involve more people and do even more.”

Siler also noted that domestic violence is more likely to turn deadly when there is no intervention, comments that were validated by the recent release of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review 2015 Report. In Duval County, there were six intimate partner homicides. 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.

In her speech, Siler underscored the need for intervention and the danger victims often face when they decide to leave their abuser. “In two of the cases, the victims were planning to leave their situations and in one case the victim was packing to leave when she was shot and lived, but her infant twins and her father were killed,” Siler said. “Leaving can be a very dangerous time, which is why shelters are so very important.”

For 40 years Hubbard House has offered life-saving services to local domestic violence victims and their children. In addition to emergency shelter and hotline, Hubbard House offers a wide range of community outreach services, including group and individual support programs for adults, children and teens throughout the community and school-based prevention programs for children and teens.

“Victims in our community would have nowhere to turn if it weren’t for Hubbard House. For the sake of these men, women and children, we must do everything we can do to support Hubbard House,” said Bob Baldwin, President of Hubbard House’s Board of Directors.

The breakfast is presented by the Endowed $10,000 Event Grant Fund established in 2015 by Delores Barr Weaver, the Green Family Foundation, Hubbard House Foundation, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, Paula & Jim Liang and Mrs. James S. Taylor. All funds raised at the event support Hubbard House’s programs and services year-round.

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 to domestic violence survivors and their families in Duval and Baker counties in Northeast Florida.