St. Johns County Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

At the October 3, 2023, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Vice-Chair Sarah Arnold presented a proclamation to representatives from Betty Griffin Center recognizing October 2023 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence remains a prevalent issue across St. Johns County, the State of Florida, the United States, and the world with implications for both personal and community health and safety. All persons have a basic right to feel safe, especially in their homes, yet more than 1,000 domestic violence-related law enforcement reports were filed and four domestic violence-related homicides happened in St. Johns County last year.

To access resources, the public may reach out directly to Betty Griffin Center at 904.827.0236 or visit Betty Griffin Center provides services for men, women, and children impacted by domestic and sexual assault. In addition to having advocates and a 24/7 helpline, they operate a safe and secure shelter for victims and survivors of domestic or sexual assault, manage a Rape Crisis Unit at Flagler Hospital, and provide confidential counseling and support groups. Betty Griffin Center also has staff and volunteers to provide additional support including court advocacy, legal assistance, financial counseling, and other services to help survivors overcome the trauma of domestic or sexual assault and return to a normal life as soon as possible.