Participating Local Agencies and Service Providers
A No Abuse Program, Inc.
Office of the Attorney General
Office of the State Attorney
Orange County Animal Services
Orange County Clerk of Courts
Orange County Corrections and Probation
Orange County Public Schools
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Orlando Police Department
UCF Victim Services
Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc.
Each member listed above serves on the Task Force voluntarily. All members of the Task Force work in government, nonprofit organizations, or in the community carrying a passion for survivors of domestic violence and domestic abuse. Each member organization works to combat domestic violence through multiple routes including prevention of abuse, sheltering men, women and children who survive domestic abuse, outreach services, investigation, prosecution and probation of offenders.
Address: Main Office
12201 Research Parkway, Ste. 450 Orlando, FL 32826
UCF Main Campus
John T Washington Center, Ste. 108
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando FL 32816
24/7 HOTLINE: 407-823-1200
Main Office: 407-823-2425
Outreach Office: 407-823-1116 or 1117
Main Office: 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday – Friday
Outreach Office: 10 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday
Population Served: UCF Community members who have been impacted by crime, violence or abuse.
Services: Safety Planning, Crisis Intervention, compassionate support, emergency cell phones, personal advocacy, reporting/disclosure options, coordination with law enforcement agencies, assistance with injunctions for protection, transportation, accompaniment to court or hearings, assistance filing crimes compensation claims, housing relocation assistance and campus/community resources and referrals.
Primary Crimes: Domestic/dating violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking/cyber-stalking, threats to harm, home invasion, robbery and other crimes impacting members of our community.
Staff: Seven fulltime employees, four part time student employees and twelve student intern/volunteers.
Other: Host a competitive intern/volunteer program for UCF Students interested in Advocacy as a career choice. All staff/student employees/interns/volunteers are required to undergo a comprehensive Law enforcement background check prior to being offered a position in the program.
South Orlando Seventh-day Adventist Church
Dr. Daniel Forbes
The South Orlando Seventh-day Adventist Church combats domestic violence through a grass roots prevention movement.
We are seeking to create programs that will help meet the needs of the community, particularly with families and victims of domestic violence in mind. For example, we have had a workshop on identifying it in the community in a kind of recognizing, responding and referring format and then another workshop on how to develop an action plan when domestic violence does occur. Both were done by Harbor House. We hope to be able to have more in the future.
We are conducting a well attended weekly conversational English class for those in the community to help equip people, as well as victims of domestic violence with language skills to enable them to get a job to better support themselves.
We conducted a training class for volunteers for our church and the community to train them to answer a crisis hotline for Central Florida. We are scheduling another training class for the same. Harbor House is planning to have a part of the training to teach the volunteer trainees on how to handle crisis calls dealing with domestic violence.
We have taken on a community mission project to help raise funds to purchase personal and baby items
Victim Service Center of Orange County, Inc.
Who We Are:
The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc., (VSC) opened in 1999 under the auspices of Orange County Government, and became a non-profit organization in 2001. The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. provides comprehensive services and resources to victims of sexual assault, violent crime, and tragic circumstances through crisis response, advocacy, therapy, and community awareness.
How We Can Help:
The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. assists survivors of all crime, such as sexual assault, homicide, attempted homicide, assault/battery, robbery, stalking, home invasion, and elder abuse. Services include:
• 24-hour Sexual Violence Hotline – (407) 497-6701. The Certified Victim Advocates who answer the hotline have confidentiality per Florida State Statute.
• 24-hour Response to Sexual Violence Victims – Forensic medical examinations by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, STD/pregnancy prevention and advocacy for reported and unreported cases are provided.
• Crisis Intervention – Immediate guidance, emotional support, and validation are offered from Certified Victim Advocates to help reduce the intensity of trauma after victimization.
• Safety Planning – We advise survivors and their families/friends on how to protect themselves from future crimes.
• Personal Advocacy Services – We assist survivors in locating emergency financial assistance, advocating on their behalf with employers and creditors, and navigating the criminal or civil justice systems.
• Information and Social Services Referrals – We provide survivors with the necessary contact information to reach attorneys, physicians, treatment centers, and other key services.
• Legal Advocacy – We help survivors complete and file injunctions for protection.
• Victim Compensation Assistance – We assist survivors with filing application paperwork and act as a liaison between the victim and the Attorney General’s Office during the claim processing.
• Therapy – We offer free mental health counseling and therapy groups, for survivors of sexual trauma and violent crime who have no other collateral source for payment.
• Education and Training – Various presentations are available for community agencies and the general public including sexual violence prevention.
• Outreach and Community Awareness Programs – We inform the general public about services available to victims of crime. Using the services provided by the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc., survivors learn to reduce their anxiety, build and mobilize their personal support networks, and access appropriate community resources with the assistance of highly trained, certified Victim Advocates.
• Forensic Services – The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. also operates the Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC) in Orange County and the Care Center in Osceola County. Both provide medical intervention, forensic and advocacy services to sexual assault survivors ages 12 years and older for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. The Sexual Assault Treatment Center and Care Center provide the same level of service to all survivors, regardless of whether the crime was reported to law enforcement.
Where You Can Reach Us
The Victim Service of Central Florida, Inc. is located at 2111 East Michigan Street, Orlando, Florida 32806. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Certified Victim Advocates are available 24-hours a day through the Sexual Assault Hotline.
City of Orlando Police Department
1250 W. South St.
Orlando, FL 32805
Emergency number: 911
Non-emergency number: 321-235-5300
Keep Orlando a safe city by reducing crime and maintaining livable neighborhoods.
In 2010, the Orlando Police Department had 3,673 reported cases of Domestic Violence cases. In prior years, 2008 and 2009, respectively, there were 2,913 and 3,047 reported cases. The Orlando Police Department responds to domestic violence cases with priority on protecting the victim/survivor and successfully prosecuting the suspect/abuser.
The Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) is a group of specially trained officers in patrol who respond to DV cases and assist the first responding officer. Our aim is to have a DVRT officer on every squad in patrol.
Our Assault and Battery Unit in our Criminal Investigations Division reviews all the Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Dating Violence cases and our detectives follow up with all of the victims. Harbor House sends a prevention representative to assist with part of our caseload.
The Assault and Battery Unit and the Chief’s Office of Violent Crime Initiatives actively participate in the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force. The Orlando Police web site has a focus on sharing important resources, such as our Lethality Assessment Tool.
The Office of Violent Crime Initiatives is the program office that is responsible for the prevention of high lethality crimes, especially Domestic Violence and Stalking. They are responsible for the success of campaigns, in partnership with Harbor House of Central Florida, such as the It Takes Courage door hanger events as well as training program for law enforcement officers and civilian employees.
Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts
Orange County • Florida
Family Services Division
The Orange County Clerk of Courts Family Services division handles all family-related matters for the court system. These matters include adoption, child support, dissolution of marriage (divorce), domestic violence injunctions and much more.
Adoption: Family Services is responsible for processing all adoptions in Orange County. We ensure that all paperwork is filed with the appropriate department and adheres to strict confidentiality laws.
Child Support: The court may order child support through several different case types, including dissolution of marriage, paternity and, of course, child support. When child support is ordered the judge may direct the parties to pay one another or mandate that all payments be made through the State Disbursement Unit (SDU). When SDU is ordered, the Clerk of Courts becomes the keeper of the records.
Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce): dissolution of marriage is the legal term for divorce. There are several types of dissolution of marriage, including simplified dissolution of marriage, dissolution of marriage with no children and no property, dissolution of marriage with no children and dissolution of marriage with children.
What You Need to Know…
• A Domestic Violence Injunction is also known as a restraining order
• You may file a restraining order if you have been a victim of abuse or have been placed in fear of physical violence
• Spouse Abuse, Inc. maintains a 24-hour hotline at 407-886-2856
• For after hours Injunction, please contact Harbor House at 800-500-1119
Domestic Violence Injunction (Restraining Order)
An injunction for protection against domestic violence is a court order that tells a person not to threaten batter or harass you. The injunction may or may not order the person to refrain from having any contact with you. Sometimes called a “restraining order,” an injunction prohibits the person to whom it is directed from continuing with any acts or threats of violence.
An injunction can be filed at the Downtown Courthouse, Clerk of Court Family Services Division, 425 North Orange Ave, Room 315, Orlando, FL 32801.
Please review the answers below to frequently asked questions regarding a Restraining Order.
Am I eligible to request an injunction?
Domestic Violence may be available to you if you:
• Are a victim of domestic violence (assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment) or
• Have a reason to believe you will become a victim of domestic violence
And if you:
• Are, or were, married to the other person
• Are living with, or have lived with, the other person as if a family
• Are related to the other person and have ever lived with them as if a family
• Have children with the other person
Dating Violence may be available to you if you:
• Are a victim of dating violence (assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment) or
• Have a reason to believe you will become a victim of dating violence.
And if you:
• Have been regularly dating the other person sometime within the past 6 months
• Have never lived with the other person as if a family.
Repeat Violence may be available to you if:
• The other person has been physically violent (Assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking) to you two or more times
• The other person has threatened you with physical violence
*At least one of the incidents listed above must have occurred within the past six months
And if you:
• Have no blood or marital relationship to the other person
Sexual Violence may be available to you if:
• You are a victim of a sexual crime
And if you:
• Have reported the violence to Law Enforcement and are cooperating with that process
• Are the victim of sexual violence and the offender was sentenced to prison and is due to get out within 90 days following the filing date of your petition
• Have no blood or marital relationship to the other person
Please Note: There is no fee for filing any of the above injunctions.
Do I need an attorney to file for an injunction?
No. An attorney is not required. However, if you wish to obtain the services of an attorney, and you do not know one, you may want to call the Orange County Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (407) 422-4537.
What relief will the injunction provide for me?
The “respondent” is the person who you allege engaged in an act or acts of domestic violence. If the court enters an injunction, it will prohibit the respondent from continuing any acts or threats of violence. The court may also order the respondent to vacate your residence, stay away from your residence, and stay away from your work place. If the injunction states that there is to be “no contact” between the parties, the respondent is prohibited from communicating with the petitioner either directly, indirectly, or through a third party. The respondent must abide by the court’s order or face criminal charges.
How long will the injunction last?
Upon the filing of a petition for an injunction, a judge will review the petition to see whether it has merit. If so, the judge will issue a temporary injunction until a hearing can be held to determine whether a permanent injunction should be issued. The temporary injunction is in effect for 15 days. If a permanent injunction is issued, it will be permanent unless otherwise stated in the final order by the judge with an expiration date.
What happens after the judge grants a temporary injunction?
The respondent must be personally served with a copy of the petition, the temporary injunction, and the notice for a formal hearing. The hearing is held so that the judge can determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.
What happens at the hearing?
The judge will decide at the hearing whether to issue a permanent injunction. Sometimes the judge will order an extension of the temporary injunction, which is another way of ordering a permanent injunction. The judge will specify what conditions or restrictions are to be placed upon the respondent. Some examples of conditions or restrictions that the judge may order include:
• Requirement that the respondent undergo counseling
• Recommendation that the petitioner and any children in the home receive counseling
• Award of custody of the child or children, including terms of visitation
• Requirement that child support be paid through the Clerk’s office
Please note that the injunction is not intended to provide you with a method to obtain custody of or support for a child. As a courtesy, the judge will address these issues at the hearing. However, if the respondent fails to comply with the visitation or child support portion of the order, you should not call the judge’s office. Instead, you may want to contact the Clerk’s Domestic Relations Division with your concerns. The Family Services Division is located at 425 N. Orange Avenue, Room 320, Orlando, Florida 32801. The telephone number is (407) 836-2054.
Am I required to attend the hearing?
Yes. If you cannot attend the hearing, you must contact the Domestic Violence Unit at (407) 836-2001. The judge may hold you in contempt of court for failing to appear at the hearing.
What if I decide that I don’t want a permanent injunction to be issued?
You may ask the judge at the hearing to dismiss the injunction, and the judge will decide whether or not to do so. If you are not present at the hearing, you cannot assume that the injunction will automatically be dismissed. If the hearing has already been held, and you want to request a dismissal of the injunction, you may contact the Clerk’s Family Services Division. When a petitioner wants to dismiss an injunction, they will need to come to the courthouse and go to Harbor House in room 520 or contact them at (407) 836-2001.
The judge ordered an extension of the temporary injunction. What does that mean?
If an injunction is extended, that means that the terms of the temporary injunction will continue to apply for the period of time specified in the court’s order. The judge may also order changes or additions to the original wording at the time the extension is ordered.
The injunction ordered the respondent to vacate my residence. Is he or she allowed to go back to the residence to retrieve personal belongings?
Yes. The respondent may retrieve personal belongings from the residence in the presence of a law enforcement officer.
The injunction specifies that there is to be “no contact.” What does that mean?
If the injunction states that the parties are to have “no contact,” that means that there should be no communication – either directly, indirectly, or through a third party – between the petitioner and respondent.
Is the respondent in violation of the order if he or she contacts me at my invitation?
Yes. If the injunction states that there is to be no contact, and the respondent contacts you, the respondent is in violation of the injunction. It does not matter if the contact was made at your invitation.
Is the respondent in violation of the injunction if we continue to live together?
Yes. If the injunction states that the respondent must vacate the residence or must not have contact with you, then the respondent is in violation of the injunction if you continue to live together.
Is the injunction voided if the respondent moves back into my residence at my invitation?
No. Only the judge can change or dismiss an injunction.
Is there a violation of the injunction if the respondent is required to vacate the residence, but I move in with him or her at another address?
Yes. You must not move in with him or her at another address.
If the respondent and I want to resume our relationship, do we need to go back to court?
If the injunction orders the respondent to avoid contact with you, but you both want to resume the relationship, you will need to petition the court for a dismissal or modification. Contact the Clerk’s Domestic Relations Division at (407) 836-2054 for more information.
If the respondent has violated the injunction, what do I need to do to get the case back before the judge?
Call law enforcement and report the incident with them and then come to the Clerk’s Family Services Division in Room 315 to fill out the proper paperwork pertaining to a violation.
ORANGE COUNTY CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT/COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIVISION OVERVIEW
The Community Corrections Division (CCD) is a division of the Corrections Department under the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. CCD is comprised of independent yet interrelated work units. These units provide services and supervision to offenders in community-based settings in a cost effective and efficient manner. Within CCD, the focus is always on public safety and providing cost-effective alternatives to incarceration for offenders under court supervision. CCD works in concert with other Divisions within the Orange County Corrections Department, and with other agencies within the criminal justice system, to ensure proper case processing and effective offender supervision. The Community Corrections Division supervises over 8,500 offenders in the community.
Central Intake Unit: Central Intake staff process offenders upon their first report to the Community Corrections Division. This processing involves running criminal histories, conducting interviews with the offenders, completing assessments, and providing general instruction on applicable terms of supervision. Defendants are then registered for the appropriate Community Corrections programs and given referrals to the appropriate community agencies necessary to comply with their court-ordered conditions of supervision.
Pretrial Diversion Unit: Pretrial Diversion is a program for first-time offenders who have been charged with misdemeanor or DUI offenses. Offenders are screened for the program based upon a set of eligibility criteria including current charge and criminal history. The Office of the State Attorney must approve selection for participation. Offenders sign a contract with the State Attorney to complete program conditions within six months for most misdemeanors or twelve months for DUIs. Upon completion of the conditions, the Office of the State Attorney will dismiss the charges.
Misdemeanor Probation: The Probation Unit provides community supervision of offenders sentenced to misdemeanor probation. The supervising Community Corrections Officer monitors the offender’s compliance with court-ordered conditions of probation, and provides referrals to assist the offender with compliance, and with any other identified needs. This Unit conducts Pre-Sentence Investigations when ordered by the Court. The Probation Unit is accredited by the American Corrections Association (ACA) under the Adult Probation and Parole Field Services standards. It is the first misdemeanant probation agency in the country to become accredited by the ACA.
Alternative Community Service Unit (ACS): The ACS Unit monitors offender’s required community service hours and reports the completion or non-completion of the hours to the appropriate referring authority. The Unit operates seven (7) days per week and provides approximately 90 not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and government agencies with more than 4,000 hours of labor per week. The labor savings provided to Orange County amounts to more than $2 million annually.
Community Surveillance Unit (CSU): The CSU provides an alternative to incarceration for sentenced offenders and pre-sentenced defendants, and allows them the opportunity to reside in the community as productive individuals. The unit is comprised of two areas of supervision: Pretrial Release Supervision and Home Confinement. Pretrial Release Supervision offenders are monitored via telephone reporting and office contacts to ensure offenders abide by court-ordered conditions and attend all required court hearings prior to the resolution of their case. Home Confinement supervises both sentenced and pre-sentenced offenders who are confined to their residence, and who are monitored via electronic surveillance equipment. The Home Confinement Unit is accredited by the American Corrections Association (ACA) and is in full compliance with the Association’s Standards for Electronic Monitoring.
MISDEMEANOR PROBATION UNIT
Don Pittman, Administrative Supervisor – 407-836-3011
Location: 2nd floor of the Corrections Administration Building located at 3723 Vision Blvd, Orlando, FL 32839. Probation Officers also have the ability to meet with their offenders at the Winter Park, Ocoee and Apopka courthouses.
Hours of Operation: Standard operating hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Work Release Center staff receives emergency after-hour calls from probationers and forward messages to an on-call supervisor, when appropriate.
Purpose: This program enhances community safety by providing for the supervision of offenders sentenced to misdemeanor probation. Offenders are supervised according to their risk level and required to report in person and/or are monitored via a telephone monitoring system. Pre-Sentence Investigations are conducted when ordered by the Court.
Program Description: The supervising Community Corrections Officer will:
• Monitor and document offender compliance with court-ordered conditions
• Refer offenders to appropriate rehabilitative programs and community agencies
• Address non-compliance to encourage offender accountability and successful completion
• Conduct random drug/alcohol testing
• Submit notification to the Clerk of Court upon successful completion.
Non-compliance: The supervising Community Corrections Officer will submit a Violation of Probation to the court when the offender fails to report to the Orange County Probation Unit, fails to comply with standard or special conditions of probation and/or commits a new offense after being placed on probation.
Substance Abuse Testing: Random breath and urinalysis tests are conducted to detect the presence of alcohol or drug use. Both tests are generally conducted at the Community Corrections Division Office during the offender’s scheduled appointment. The alcohol breath testing equipment indicates the blood alcohol level.
Cost of Supervision -$50 per month* (unless qualified and approved for a partial or full waiver). One-time drug testing fee – $17; one-time Intake fee – $20
Telephone reporting system – additional $6 per month paid to the vendor
Office of the Attorney General
Division of Victim Services
The Office of the Attorney General, through the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs, administers the Crimes Compensation Trust Fund. The division is comprised of the Bureau of Victim Compensation, the Bureau of Criminal Justice Programs, and the Bureau of Advocacy and Grants Management. Working in concert, the division seeks to meet the needs of crime victims by providing financial assistance through the victim’s compensation program; specialized direct services programs throughout the state. Additionally, the division is responsible for the allocation of the VOCA assistance grants to public and not for profit agencies and is responsible for the Address Confidentiality Program.
Services: Address confidentiality program; Community education; Criminal justice support/advocacy; Crisis counseling; Information and referral; Personal advocacy; Professional training; Victims compensation claims
Contacts: Terrie Colon
Victim Advocate/Regional Liaison
135 West Central Boulevard, Suite 1100
Orlando, FL 32801
Counties Served: Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Sumter
Circuits Served: 5, 10, 9
Hours of Service:
Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2009-2010 ANNUAL STATISTICS
• 7,212 safety plans were completed with clients, including 5,054 during face to face conversations and 2,158 over the phone
• 14,962 hours of counseling were provided to survivors in shelter and outreach programs
• 3,093 hotline calls were received for one call for every 2 ¼ hours, 365 days a year
• 11,661 referrals were given to survivors in shelter, courthouse and outreach programs
• 759 women and children stayed in the shelter for a total of 28,615 nights
o Average length of stay in shelter is 36 days (women with children 43 days, women without children 29 days)
o 59% of the individuals in shelter were ethnically/racially diverse
o 15% of the women have previously been in shelter
• 48% of shelter residents were children and 49% were under the age of 4
• The shelters operated at or above capacity during 7 months (121 (33%) nights)
• Childcare has operated for 250 days for 12 hrs a day (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and provided over 19,178 contact hours of service and 4,296 nutritionally balanced meals
• The Coaching Boys Into MenSM program served over 113 boys at four City of Orlando Parks/Recreation sites and a new Coaching Girls Into Women program was introduced
• Over 14 “Teens Ending Abusive Relationships” presentations were held throughout Orange County with over 1,700 middle and high school participants
• Outreach served 712 women and men and provided over 6,560 hours of advocacy, safety planning and support group services
o 89% women and 11% men
o 68% of the individuals served in outreach were ethnically/racially diverse
• Project Courage community engagement initiative was introduced in Pine Castle
• The program served 2,878 individuals requesting injunctions and court services and provided over 4,590 hours of advocacy, safety planning and court accompaniment
• Over 3,500 domestic/dating/sexual violence injunctions were filed during the year
• 80% granted; 15% denied and 5% order setting hearing
• The Intimate Partner Violence Enhanced Services Team (INVESTeam) program staff (2) provided over 2,595 hours of advocacy, safety planning and support services to 464 high lethality clients. 20% of the clients referred from community partners including law enforcement and community based organizations accept Harbor House services
• Over 9,300 individuals attended 183 Harbor House trainings and presentations
• Received media coverage for over 91 events, activities or projects
• Over 330 volunteers including 130 new volunteers provided 14,604 hours of volunteer service that included direct client care and support services valued at $304,493.
NOTE: $20.85 hr., Independent Sector estimated dollar value of volunteer time for 2009.
For over 3o years Harbor House of Central Florida has sought to eliminate domestic violence by providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice.
Hotline 1-800-500-1119 | Administrative offices 407-886-2244
Harbor House of Central Florida was founded in 1977. Harbor House provides temporary safe shelter, counseling, and supportive direction for individuals who are experiencing abuse in their intimate relationships. As we at Harbor House confront the issues of power and control in relationships, we understand the importance of educating the community on the causes of domestic violence and how we as a community can stop it. Harbor House has designed a variety of community-based programs which provide information and support, and often serve as the springboard for life-changing steps for victims and their children.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS…
24 Hour Crisis Assistance
Counseling and/or emergency services available to victims, family, police, and hospitals at 1-800-500-1119. (TDD available by calling 407-886-2856)
Shelter for families in crisis
Confidential temporary safe shelter, childcare, case management, referrals, counseling, and support for victims and their children. Call 1-800-500-1119.
Individual counseling, support groups, case management and referrals for adults and children. Call 1-800-500-1119.
Emergency Cell Phones
Cell phones that you can carry with you to call 911 in the event of an emergency. Call 1-800-500-1119.
Court Advocacy and Accompaniment
Crisis counseling and supportive assistance with the filing of injunctions for protection from domestic violence. Court accompaniment, safety planning and community referrals. Call 407-836-2001.
Community Resource Information
Information about community resources for families and individuals affected by domestic violence. Call 1-800-500-1119.
Community Education and Prevention Services
Speaker’s Bureau provides community programs to increase awareness and understanding of domestic violence. Training is provided to law enforcement, mental health counselors, health care, employers, and other professionals. Call 407-886-2244, extension 232.
Individual and group counseling and therapeutic activities for children from violent homes. Call 1-800-500-1119.
DELTA Boys and DELTA Girls Campaign
Developing a social marketing campaign to prevent domestic violence by building alliances with men in the community. Call 407-886-2244, extension 231.
Community engagement project that involves whole communities in the ending of domestic abuse by creating collaborations within the communities. The project creates support for survivors of abuse, holds abusers accountable for their actions and teaches and trains all members of a community to recognize abuse, respond to it effectively, and refer people to assistance. Call 407-886-2244.
A No Abuse Program, Inc.
813 N. FernCreek Ave. Orlando, FL. 32803 PH: (407) 228-9503 Fax: (407) 228-7865
A No Abuse Program Inc. is a non-profit, court-approved, state certified batterers’ intervention program serving the tri-county area since 1989. The curriculum is based on a Power & Control model, as mandated by the State of Florida.
Address: 813 N. Ferncreek Ave.
Orlando, Fl. 32803
We serve clients referred by:
The Injunction Office
The Department of Children & Families
We offer groups during the day, evenings, and weekends.
A No Abuse Program Inc. offers a sliding fee scale and a fee reduction
process for unemployed or indigent clients.
Our staff has been featured on local and print media including: “The
Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Today Show”, and “Super Nanny.”
Program statistics: Since 1989, over 10,000 individuals have attended A
No Abuse Program Inc.
Staff: Paula Basil LMHC, NCC and Joyce Pastorek LMHC, NCC
founded and currently administrate A No Abuse Program Inc.
Both are former employees of Harbor House.
Assessment, advocacy and treatment all in one location.
The Orange County Children’s Advocacy Center is a place where professionals, such as police officers, Florida Department of Children and Families workers, school officials, nurses and doctors jointly investigate and protect victims of our community’s worst child abuse cases. Children are able to tell their stories in one family friendly location, which gives them the chance they deserve to heal from abuse.
The Howard Phillips Center Lobby
The program’s main goals are to prevent the re-victimization of children, to ensure abused children can get mental health counseling to heal, and to effectively prosecute perpetrators of child abuse. We have served cases involving:
• Child sexual abuse
• Child deaths
• Shaken babies
• Broken bones
Personal Child Advocates
To ensure each child is helped according to his or her specific needs, a personal child advocate is provided to guide families through the entire process, from the beginning of the abuse investigation to prosecution of the offender.
The child advocate helps:
• Provide a feeling of safety for the child.
• Alleviate the crisis faced by the child and the child’s family.
• Link the family with specialized counseling services.
Orange County Children’s Advocacy Center is located at the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families:
The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families
601 W. Michigan Street ~ Orlando, FL 32805
• To report suspected child abuse, please call 1.800.96.ABUSE (22873)