The outbreak of COVID-19 and the efforts to flatten the curve by staying at home have resulted in a rise in domestic abuse reports in the state of Florida, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Abuse and domestic violence hotlines are seeing a spike in callers seeking help. More than 34,000 calls were placed to a hotline for vulnerable populations and at-risk children in March. That is a 30 percent increase over the 26,000 calls received in February. The DCF figures were reported in The Villages district administration newsletter.
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, there are resources available:
The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline, which will direct you to the nearest shelter, is 1.800.500.1119.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, is 1.800.799.SAFE.
If you are a victim or feel at any time that your life or that of a loved one is at risk, dial 911.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 352.343.2101.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 352.728.6909.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 352.732.8181.