Posted: October 4, 2016
Honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Pinellas County Clerk's office is once again dedicating several activities to help raise awareness of this serious and preventable crime. It is a time to come together and show our support for ending domestic violence, supporting domestic violence survivors and educating the community.
In the last year, over 4,600 Injunction for Protection petitions (commonly called Restraining Orders) were filed with the Clerk's office.
Many times, our office is the first stop for many domestic violence victims. Our Domestic Violence department offers many resources for victims, including information on filing an injuction, a helpful "how-to" video and contact information for various agencies that assist domestic violence victims. Click here to view our Domestic Violence Safety Plan.
This year, Clerk employees will wear purple on Wednesday, October 5th which is “Turn Pinellas Purple” day with “National Wear Purple” day being celebrated on Thursday, October 20th. Employees will also donate items for domestic violence shelters in the area. Furthermore, the Clothesline Project will be displayed in the lobby of the St. Petersburg Judicial Building once again this year, with the Downtown Clearwater Courthouse lobby showcasing the Silent Witness Project. Visit our Flickr page to view pictures from our events.
There are many ways we can all help domestic violence victims move past their abuse. The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers started a fundraiser to help put a stop to domestic violence. If you are interested in donating some much needed funds to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation, click on the image on the left.
Please know that if you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, there is help.
Call (727) 464-7000 or visit the Clerk's Injunctions for Protection/Restraining Orders page for more helpful information.
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