The Office of the Attorney General, with the help of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence (FCADV), has recently released their Report of their Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. The report is dedicated to the 192 women, children and men who lost their lives in 2011 as a result of domestic violence.
The president of Tallahassee based FCADV, Tiffany Carr, focuses on finding answers to why this is still happening and wants to find partners who can help find those answers and prevent these statistics from rising.
FDLE reported that there was an increase in domestic violence deaths and this sounded an alarm to community and state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families; that something needed to be examined to find out what was really going on. It takes a community approach, which includes the grassroots advocates to the ones writing and making the law.
This year, the legislators in Tallahassee finally said yes, there needs to be something done about this plight that is seeping through community walls into homes unannounced. The stalking injunction became a success of the session because they couldn’t keep lumping this crime into a domestic violence or repeat violence injunction. Sometimes the differences are so great; those don’t pertain to the situation at hand. Thank you Tallahassee for seeing what many have seen for so long, mostly the advocates and the victims; at least this lets them know that someone is paying attention. What a victory for so many, and now this gives a little more credence to what advocates and victims have tried to bring to the forefront for so long; that there are many layers to the abuse and each layer must be dealt with as it comes.
FCADV is offering a regional training in July and more training in August to help advocates develop strategies for safety planning for victims of stalking and domestic violence. It will provide tools that community partners can use as they come in contact with those in high lethality situations. Every little bit of attention to this issue, and training on how to recognize and deal with it, will prepare the community for what may come in the future.
With all of the information that’s out there, all of the advocacy and prevention efforts, and all of the legislation, why can’t there be peace in the home and in the community? What happens behind closed doors permeates within the church, the school, and the lives of neighbors and friends.
The recent tropical storm, rain and heat have left many without electricity, jobs, homes, and peace of mind. The stressors in the world create stressors in personal lives. Soon there will be new ones, with school starting in a few weeks and then there are more things to come. Creating peace in a world of chaos can be difficult but achievable. One situation, one case, one report, one victim and one survivor at a time.