Volunteer Spotlight: Abby McGeathey

aaaaaaaaaaHubbard House is honored to recognize Abby McGeathey for June’s volunteer spotlight. The agency is very fortunate that Abby has found time in her busy schedule as full-time mom to care for others within our Emergency Shelter. Volunteers are a vital part of Hubbard House! Without giving individuals willing to donate their time and resources, our mission of “Every Relationship Violence-Free” would not even be a possibility. Thank you Abby for all that you do for the families that stay in our Emergency Shelter!

Why did you decide to donate time and resources to Hubbard House?

My decision to postpone full-time employment until my youngest child went into Kindergarten meant that there would be a valuable period of time between graduating college and going back to work full-time in which I could do volunteer work. I felt that volunteering at the Hubbard House would be a great opportunity to give back to my community, gain valuable work experience without the commitment of a full-time job, and help me pinpoint my career interests within the field of social work.

What made you get connected with Hubbard House?

I researched an entire list of non-profit organizations within Northeast Florida in which to volunteer. I chose Hubbard House personally because, as with many others, I have been touched by domestic violence and want to support and empower the men, women, and children seeking “Every Relationship Violence-Free.”   Professionally, Hubbard House offers many different types of work settings and job experiences from within one organization and volunteer opportunities are offered around the clock.

What has the volunteering experience meant to you?

Every time that I leave the Hubbard House I realize I have learned something new about myself, domestic violence, my community, or the human experience in general. Volunteering at the Hubbard House has broadened my horizons and enabled me to do two of my favorite things, better my community and quench my thirst for learning.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities available at Hubbard House please visit http://www.hubbardhouse.org/help/volunteering.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic/dating violence please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded 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 child care, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit http://www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By: Amy Riggan and Tracy Knight

Hubbard House Loves Its Volunteers!

volunteer hands“Volunteer service brings a special source of personal satisfaction and the opportunity to make a difference in your community.”

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and the Hubbard House staff wants all of our wonderful volunteers to know how much we appreciate all that each does for the organization!

Hubbard House wouldn’t be where it is today without the dedication of its volunteers. When we think of volunteers, we think of how it got its start:

In 1976, a group of women purchased a house on Hubbard Street and became the first emergency shelter in Florida for victims of domestic violence and their children. This establishment was named Hubbard House. Since then, our organization has grown exponentially, all thanks to our devoted and unwavering volunteers.

“I consider it a privilege to get to know each volunteer and the story behind why they have decided to give their time and energy to support this cause,” said Tracy Knight, Volunteer Program Specialist for Hubbard House. “After hearing numerous stories, it all comes down to a love for people. I watch our volunteers show love every day whether in the court room, at the shelter or in our outreach programs – they show love by listening, sharing and just being there.”

Hubbard House thrives thanks to the more than 1,000 volunteers that serve in all Hubbard House programs. Our volunteers not only give their time and energy, but they provide ideas, increase our visibility in the community and help us in supporting our ultimate goal of Every Relationship Violence-Free. The most important skill required of our volunteers is the capacity to care and the willingness to help those in need.

Interested in volunteering with us? There are many volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. For more information, visit http://hubbardhouse.org/help/volunteering/. Every volunteer’s effort is appreciated no matter how small.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 904-354-3114 or 800-500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: 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: Gabrielle Morolla and Lindsay Van-Zant

To Love & Be Loved

couple-holding-hands-Holy-in-the-DailyAccording to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Love is a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.

Valentine’s Day is the one day out of the year where love is expressed with lavish gifts and special events. For the remainder of the year, love is expressed through our words and actions. However, for some, those words and actions do not reflect the true definition of love. At Hubbard House, we know what love is and how it should be displayed.

What is love?

  • Love is trusting and understanding, not disregarding and disapproving
  • Love is giving and not taking
  • Love is hugging and kissing, not hitting and crying
  • Love is comforting and enjoying, not intimidating and hurting
  • Love is patient and not violent
  • Love is providing and protecting, not leaving and neglecting
  • Love is respect and appreciation, not disrespecting and abusive

Any form of abuse should not be mistaken as love and affections. Unfortunately, many people do not realize the abuse they are living with is domestic violence and, as a result, do not seek help. To learn more about the warning signs of abuse click here.

How to Achieve a Healthy Relationship

At Hubbard House, we use an Equality Wheel to explain what a healthy relationship should encompass. Listed below are the behaviors and characteristics that allow one to have a nonviolent, healthy relationship:

  • Non-Threatening Behavior
  • Respect
  • Trust and Support
  • Honesty and Accountability
  • Responsible Parenting
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Economic Partnership
  • Negotiation and Fairness

To view our Equality Wheel click here. For more ways to strengthen your relationship visit helpguide.org.

This month be grateful for the love you have in your life and help raise awareness for those who don’t. Everyone deserves to be loved and live violence-free not just on Valentine’s Day, but the entire year.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 904-354-3114 or 800-500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: 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: Gabrielle Morolla

Teen Dating Violence is More Common Than You Think

Depression and SorrowFebruary is a month filled with pink candy hearts, chocolate (oh so much chocolate) and teddy bears. However, not everyone is aware that February is not only the month of love, but also the month of awareness – Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Teen dating violence is a silent epidemic that has crept its way into the lives of far too many teenagers. One in three teens report experiencing some form of abuse, while more than 2/3 of teens never report abuse to an adult. The effects of dating violence have a major impact on the social, physical and emotional growth of a young person. According to TeenDVMonth.org, over 80% of school counselors acknowledge that they are unprepared to deal with abuse matters among students.

The Effects of Dating Violence:

  • Less attention paid to academics.
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Greater chance of teen pregnancy.
  • Isolation from others.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Shame or guilt.
  • Inability to maintain lasting relationships.
  • Abandoning dreams or goals.
  • Lack of self-confidence.
  • Depression, anxiety, fear or suicidal thoughts.

For Parents:

Parents need to feel comfortable talking to their teens about dating violence. Three out of four parents have never talked to their kids about domestic violence. Now is the time to change that! February 4, 2014 is “It’s Time to Talk Day!” Together we can break the cycle of harmful relationships and teach our teens how to have healthy relationships. For tips on how to bring up dating safety and talking to your teen, visit Itstimetotalkday.org.

For Teens:

What does abuse look like?

  • Physical Abuse: Use of force with the intent of causing fear or injury. Examples of this are biting, shoving, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
  • Emotional/Verbal Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
  • Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activities such as rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
  • Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner. This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts, or stalking on Facebook or other social media.

Ten Warning Signs of Abuse

Abuse doesn’t discriminate against skin color, the amount of money in someone’s wallet or the car they are driving. Anyone, boy or girl can be effected. Listed below are a few of the common warning signs of abuse:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission.
  • Constantly putting you down.
  • Extreme jealously or insecurity.
  • Explosive temper.
  • Isolating you from your family or friends.
  • Making false accusations.
  • Mood swings.
  • Physically hurting you in any way.
  • Possessiveness.
  • Telling you what to do.

No one is immune to experiencing abuse. If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help.  Please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or 800-500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

Other domestic violence shelters in Northeast Florida include:

Clay County: Quigley House, 904-284-0061  24-hour hotline

Nassau County: Micah’s Place, 877-228-7388 or 904-225-9979  24-hour hotline

St. Johns County: Betty Griffin House, 904-824-1555  24-hour hotline

If one of these shelters does not serve your county please call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded in 1976 as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida, 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: Amy Riggan

Why Don’t They Just Leave?

Young Woman Biting Her Finger NailOne of the most common questions we receive is “why do victims sometimes return to or stay with their abuser?” A better question is “why does the abuser choose to abuse?”

The deck is stacked against the victim when confronted with leaving or not. There are many different factors that can hinder a victim from leaving their abuser, including:

Love: An abuser rarely shows signs of violence in the beginning of a relationship, and once two people fall in love it can be very hard to let go.

Hope: Happy memories blended with promises of a change from the abuser creates hope that the abuse will stop.

Denial: Admitting that someone they love is hurting them can be very hard.

Blame: Abusers may blame the victim for the abusive behavior and make them feel like they are responsible and they deserve it.

Hopelessness: Victims may believe that they will never find a better partner that can make them happy.

Financial Dependence: Victims may depend on their partner for financial support to survive.

Rescue Complex: By staying, victims may think they can “fix” their partner and save them from their own abusive behavior.

Children: If a victim and their abuser have children together, they may think that having two parents are better than one for the children.

Guilt: The abuser may make the victim feel guilty for how much it would hurt him or her if they left.

Embarrassment and Shame: The victim may not want people to know what is going on due to fear of embarrassment and they choose to stay in order to keep the abuse a secret.

But in most cases, violence, and the sheer terror of it, is one of the principle reasons why victims don’t leave. When domestic violence victims attempt to leave the relationship, the abuse almost always escalates as the perpetrator attempts to regain control. The most serious domestic violence injuries and a majority of domestic violence homicides occur as a victim attempts to leave or after she/he has left.

The victim knows these dangers. They know them because they’ve already experienced the violent responses when they’ve attempted to assert themselves, even minimally, within the relationship. They know because the perpetrator has usually threatened precisely what they intend to if they try to leave.

Deciding to end an abusive relationship has risks. A victim has a lot to consider for her or his own safety (and the safety of their children). When a victim decides to leave, it can be safer if they get support. There is help available! Hubbard House, the domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties in Northeast Florida, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to help victims learn about their options and plan for safety.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or 800-500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

Other domestic violence shelters in Northeast Florida include:

  • Clay County: Quigley House, 904-284-0061 24-hour hotline
  • Nassau County: Micah’s Place, 877-228-7388 or 904-225-9979 24-hour hotline
  • St. Johns County: Betty Griffin House, 904-824-1555 24-hour hotline

If one of these shelters does not serve your county please call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: 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 Ashley Johnson Scott

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Hubbard House Artwork6All children deserve a safe and secure home – free of violence – and parents/guardians that love and protect them. But for many children, home is not a place of stability and support; it is far from a safe haven. Children do not have to see one parent or guardian violently assaulting another to witness domestic violence; they can also hear the sounds of violence and are aware of it from many telltale signs. Children’s exposure to domestic violence has a profound impact on their future. Many kids are suffering silently, and with little support.

Although the number is hard to pinpoint, statistics show that over 3 million children are exposed to violence in their homes annually in the United States. Children react to their environment in different ways, and reactions can vary depending on the child’s gender and age. Here’s how domestic violence can affects children of all ages:

Infants:

  • Cry more and are more irritable
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive problems
  • May resist being held or fed
  • May be developmentally delayed

 Toddlers and pre-schoolers:

  • Low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence
  • More aggressive or withdrawn
  • Exhibit high levels of anxiety and fearfulness
  • Physical issues such as stomach aches
  • Nightmares
  • Problems with toilet training

 Older children:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Feel inadequate for not being able to protect adult
  • May be suicidal
  • Aggressive
  • May lack social skills and do poorly in school
  • Juvenile delinquency or battering in dating relationships

Although reading this may be alarming and discouraging, the good news is that there is help available. Locally, Hubbard House is addressing the impact of domestic violence on children through its Helping At Risk Kids (HARK) program. HARK is a 12-week program designed to empower children from abusive homes by helping them understand the violence is not their fault, helping them know what to do should they be in danger, and teaching them non-violent conflict resolution skills, so the violence will not be repeated in the next generation.

For more information regarding the HARK program and outreach services or to make an appointment for your child please call the Hubbard House Outreach Center at (904) 400-6300 or visit hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 904-354-3114 or 800-500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: 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.

The Allstate Foundation Awards $10,000 to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

allstateHubbard House, the domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties in Northeast Florida, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation to support its emergency services and shelter.

Within the last year, the Hubbard House Emergency Shelter provided 29,469 days of safety and refuge to 976 adults and children affected by domestic violence. In addition, 5,430 agency-wide crisis calls were taken.

“Domestic violence is a pervasive and often overlooked social issue that affects thousands of women, children and men in Duval and Baker counties each year,” said Ellen Siler, CEO of Hubbard House. “Through its grant The Allstate Foundation is enabling us to continue to address the crucial needs of domestic violence victims in the midst of crisis.”

Last year, 7,015 incidents of domestic violence were reported in Duval and Baker counties, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has helped more than 267,000 domestic violence survivors with life-changing services,” said Greg Guidos President of Allstate Benefits. “We’re proud of the work Hubbard House does every day for survivors and know we’re going to make a difference in even more lives, together.”

ABOUT THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION: Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. Over the last 60 years, the Foundation has contributed nearly $300 million to organizations and projects in communities throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.allstatefoundation.org.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: 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.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

FB RibbonToday marks the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month started out as a “Day of Unity” in 1981. The creation of this day, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was to connect all advocates and victims of domestic abuse to end violence against women and children. This day quickly evolved into a week of activities and by October of 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

Now, Domestic Violence Awareness Month serves as a time to remember those who have died at the hands of a loved one, honor those who have survived abuse, recognize the progress that has been made in reducing domestic violence, and to recommit to ending this devastating crisis.

While many strides to help end abuse have been made in our country, domestic violence continues to be a pervasive social issue. According to the 2013 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month presidential proclamation, one in four women and one in seven men in the United States still suffer serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once during their lifetimes. And every day, three women lose their lives in this country as a result of domestic violence.

If we are going to finally end domestic violence, if we are going to have a generation of children who do not have to live with violence in their home, we need your help and the help of everyone you know.

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Hubbard House asks that you join in its Go Purple efforts this October to help raise awareness. There are many simple things you can do to show support. For example, by wearing a purple awareness ribbon or a purple item of clothing throughout the month, or on Thursday, October 3, Break the Silence Day.  You can also change your Facebook or Twitter profile picture to Hubbard House’s purple ribbon.

To find out other simple activities you can do to Go Purple this Domestic Violence Awareness Month visit our website, www.hubbardhouse.org. You can also join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #igopurple on Facebook or Twitter.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline at 904-354-3114 or 800-500-1119. Hubbard House can help. 

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: 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 http://www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By: Ashley Johnson Scott

Volunteer Spotlight: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Prevention Department

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Prevention Department

Volunteer groups tackle the big projects that Hubbard House staff can’t do alone. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Prevention Department has done volunteer projects that provide a huge service to Hubbard House. This dedicated group came together to spruce up the front of our property by cleaning, weeding and re-mulching. They came back again to help us assemble 8,000 invitations for our 19th Annual Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast!

Hubbard House is so grateful to have this dedicated team of Coast Guard members helping with projects! We would like to thank this group, and the rest of our volunteers for all that they do for Hubbard House!

How did your group get involved with Hubbard House, and why did you choose to give your time to the organization?

The city of Jacksonville and everyone that lives here is very supportive of us and our families.  As part of our service, we feel that giving back to the community is the right thing to do and our way of hopefully improving the lives of local residents.

What has been the most memorable experience you have had during your time volunteering?

Just seeing the appreciation of everyone at Hubbard House when we completed the grounds maintenance project.

What has your volunteering experience meant to your group?

Volunteering is a positive experience for all of us. As members of the Coast Guard, we are blessed to have the lives and opportunities that we do. By volunteering, hopefully we can change the lives of the people around us.

How does USCG Sector Jax Prevention Department use your talents in your volunteering? 

We are a group of people where teamwork is a must for us to be successful in our jobs.  We use this approach to tackle all of the opportunities that Hubbard House has presented us with.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities available at Hubbard House please visit www.hubbardhouse.org/help/volunteering/.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic/dating violence please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded 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 child care, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit http://www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By: Allison Beattie

Celebrate Healthy Relationships on Women’s Equality Day

LadiesToday Hubbard House is recognizing healthy relationships by celebrating Women’s Equality Day! The day not only marks the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, in the words of President Obama in last year’s proclamation, “It’s a day to celebrate the achievement of women and a recommitment to realizing gender equality.” In short, Women’s Equality Day is more than a day to celebrate women’s achievements in politics; it’s a day to acknowledge equality in all aspects of life, including relationships.

Standing on equal grounds is a strong base for having a healthy relationship. Unlike being in an abusive relationship, neither partner is dominant, controlling or aggressive. Conflict can be resolved through open and honest communication, trust allows for opinions to be voiced and heard, and decisions can be made by giving each person’s concerns equal weight.

So, here are the elements that make for a healthy relationship when the relationship is based on equality:

NEGOTIATION AND FAIRNESS

  • Both partners seek mutually satisfying resolutions to problems. To accomplish this, both partners must be willing to accept change and to compromise.

ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

  • Money decisions are made together and both partners make sure each benefit from financial arrangements.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

  • Both partners mutually agree on a fair distribution of work and family decisions are made together.

RESPONSIBLE PARENTING

  • Parental responsibilities are shared and both are positive non-violent role models for their children.

HONESTY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Each partner takes responsibility for their actions, acknowledges past use of violence, admits to being wrong and communicates openly and truthfully.

TRUST AND SUPPORT

  • Both partners are supported in their goals in life and there is a mutual respect for each other’s feelings, differing opinions, friends and activities.

RESPECT

  • Both partners listen to each other without judgment, value each other’s opinions and are emotionally affirming.

NON-THREATENING BEHAVIOR

  • Each partner should talk and behave in a way that allows for both to feel safe and comfortable when expressing their opinion.

Healthy relationships are equal relationships. So, celebrate this Women’s Equality Day by not only acknowledging the efforts of great women leaders, but by also acknowledging the ways equality builds strong and lasting relationships.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic/dating violence please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded 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 child care, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit http://www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.