Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, is observing April 18-24, 2010 as National Volunteer Week, and celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve their community. Hubbard House would like to thank all of its volunteers for the unwavering support, dedication and compassion they provide to our organization.

“Volunteers serve in every aspect of the agency,” said Laine Reinecke-Clayton, Community Education Manager for Hubbard House. “Without them we could not begin to provide the level of services to victims in our community.”

In fact, volunteers founded Hubbard House more than 33 years ago, and the agency continues to depend heavily on the generous gifts of time from many deeply loyal volunteers. Last year, Hubbard House had more than 600 volunteers give a total of over 14,400 hours of their time to help victims of domestic violence.

There are a many areas volunteers can get involved with at Hubbard House ranging from administrative work to working at the thrift store. People who are looking for other opportunities can help by assisting with community education, working at special events and helping in the daycare. Annually, Hubbard House serves over 5000 women, children and men. With the help of its dedicated volunteers, Hubbard House can give each and every victim the support they need.

Are you interested in volunteering? Visit www.hubbardhouse.org and click on the volunteer tab.

Below are some photos of past events with some of our AMAZING volunteers!

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If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or 904-354-3114.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center that serves victims and their children in Duval and Baker counties. In addition to shelter, the agency provides extensive outreach services, school-based education, batterers’ intervention programs and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

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National Crime Victims Rights Week

Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, will be observing April 18-24, 2010 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Each April since 1981, throughout the country National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has been observed with the goal of promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

This year’s theme is Crime Victim’s Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.  The theme captures the ideals that inspired the victims’ rights movement. Not so long ago victims were being excluded from courtrooms and blamed for their victimization, realities that unfortunately still exists for many victims.

Every year there are over 1.3 million victims of domestic violence in the United States.

National Crime Victims’ Right Week serves as a call for action, an urgent summons for fairness, dignity, and respect for all victims of crime.

For more information on National Crime Victims’ Right Week events in our community, visit: http://www.coj.net/Departments/Central+Operations/Public+Information/Headlines/04142010_VAAC.htm

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please contact the Hubbard House hotline at (904) 354-3114 or 1 (800) 500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Hubbard House is a nationally recognized leader in domestic violence intervention. Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By Rachel Esser

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Every 2.5 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.

Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, will observe April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Sexual assault can come in many forms including: Sexual Assault, Rape, Incest, Hate Crimes, Male Sexual Assault, Acquaintance Rape, Partner Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Sexual Exploitation by Helping Professionals, Sexual Harassment, Dating and Domestic Violence, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault and Stranger Rape.

Sexual abuse is a common form of sexual assault and one of the four types of domestic violence, also including physical, emotional and economic abuse. While sexual assault may commonly be thought of as occurring between strangers, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that 72 percent of victims are sexually assaulted by someone they know.

Sexual assault affects many aspects of a victim’s life. Victims of sexual assault are:

  • Three times more likely to suffer from depression
  • Six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Thirteen times more likely to abuse alcohol
  • Twenty six times more likely to abuse drugs
  • Four times more likely to contemplate suicide

Sexual Assault is a preventable issue, the key is awareness. Don’t be afraid to speak up against sexual assault.

Resources:

Hubbard House Hotline: 1 (800) 500-1119, www.hubbardhouse.org

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1 (800) 656-4673, www.nsvrc.org/saam

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Hotline: 1 (800) 656-HOPE, www.rainn.org

Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s Rape Crisis Hotline: 1 (888) 956-RAPE, www.womenscenterofjax.org

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Hubbard House is a nationally recognized leader in domestic violence intervention. Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By Rachel Esser

Florida Crime Rate at 39-Year Low With Exception of Domestic Violence

A press conference was held April 7, 2010 announcing the release of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2009 Uniform Crime Report showing a 39-year low in Florida’s crime rate. The lone area of exception – domestic violence – is clear evidence that the state must do better in preventing this shameless crime and supporting its innocent victims. The state’s 2009 Annual Uniform Crime Report showed significant reductions in every major category of crime but domestic violence offenses. Overall, domestic violence represented 40.7 percent of all comparably reported violent crimes last year.

“These statistics are devastating, but we must remember they’re not just numbers on a report – each report represents women, men and children whose lives have been turned upside down by someone who is supposed to love them,” said Tiffany Carr, President/CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We must never forget that 232 people were killed by someone they once trusted, someone they once loved.”

The report, released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, reflects a stunning 15.6 percent increase in domestic violence-related murders and a 71.4 percent increase in domestic violence manslaughters. The domestic violence-related murders account for one out of every five murders statewide. Rep. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) responded to the report saying, “While we can be encouraged by the continued overall reduction in crime, the dramatic increase in domestic violence stalking, manslaughter and homicide is horrific and completely unacceptable.  As Chair of the House Healthcare Appropriations Committee, I am committed to supporting Florida’s certified centers but more importantly to protect those escaping domestic violence at their most dangerous time.”

Additionally, the FDLE report highlighted an increase of almost 32 percent in stalking, a typical precursor to homicide. More than 116,500 individuals reported a domestic violence crime during the past calendar year. “Domestic violence is an epidemic in Florida, and communities must come together and stop this heinous crime,” said Carr.

Carr pledged to continue working with legislative leaders to address the rising deficit in the state’s Domestic Violence Trust Fund to prevent further domestic violence-related deaths. The trust fund is supported in part by fees on marriages and divorces, both of which have seen a drop-off in the current economic environment. As a result, Carr said, domestic violence centers are facing a $3.8 million cut in funding. Last year, Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers were forced to turn away more than 7,100 survivors and their children in need of emergency shelter due to a lack of beds, and hundreds more had to be sheltered at hotels.

“The demand for emergency services has never been greater, and the resources have never been less,” Carr said. “Florida’s domestic violence centers will be forced to shut down shelters, decrease services, and reduce bed space if the Florida Legislature doesn’t provide the means to address this deficit. People’s lives are very much at risk.”

The stunning data reflected in the 2009 Uniform Crime Report, coupled with the surge in demand for emergency shelter services, clearly demonstrates the critical needs facing Florida’s domestic violence centers, Carr said. “Florida’s certified domestic violence centers are in most cases the only safe haven and hope available to victims and their children fleeing violent homes,” she said.

Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, has seen a 29 percent increase in request for shelter and a 32 percent increase in children entering shelter from July through December 2009 compared to the same time frame from the previous year.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House domestic violence hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or 904-354-1114.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Hubbard House is a nationally recognized leader in domestic violence intervention. Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

ABOUT FLORIDA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

FCADV serves as the professional association for Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers and is the primary representative of survivors and their children in the public policy arena. The Coalition works to end violence by providing leadership, advocacy, education, training, technical assistance, public policy development, public awareness and support to certified domestic violence centers in Florida.