TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Attorney General Pam Bondi will have the Old Historic Capitol in Tallahassee illuminated in purple on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Miami and the SunTrust Financial Centre in Tampa are also joining this effort.
Florida is home to 42 certified domestic violence centers that provide emergency shelter to more than 15,000 survivors and their children. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 187 individuals died from domestic violence in 2013, accounting for more than 19 percent of all Florida homicides.
“By raising awareness about domestic violence, we can empower victims to seek help,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Victims in need of assistance can call Florida’s toll-free domestic violence hotline at 1-800-500-1119.”
“Attorney General Pam Bondi has always taken a leadership role in the work to end domestic violence. The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence is honored to partner with her as we light the Capitol purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. By having the building that represents our policies and our laws bathed in purple lights, we are sending a message that we support survivors of domestic violence and their children, and that we will hold the perpetrators of that violence accountable. Once again, we applaud General Bondi’s leadership in raising awareness and combating domestic violence in our state.” said Tiffany Carr, President/CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Attorney General Bondi sponsored a resolution at the Governor and Cabinet meeting on Sept. 23, 2014 recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To view the resolution, click here.