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Suncoast Domestic Violence Safe Havens Preparing For Increased Calls

During times of high stress, like the COVID-19 Pandemic, things can sometimes take a dark turn. Not just during these times, but at any time, there are organizations on the Suncoast that are ready to help.

In Sarasota County, there is: SPARCC Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center,

SPARCC has a variety of services including a shelter for victims of domestic violence, which can house up to 33 people.

If you are a survivor of domestic or sexual violence, you can call the free, confidential SPARCC hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week: (941) 365-1976.

In Manatee County, Hope Family Services is there for those in need ...

HOPE provides a safe place in a confidential location for victims of domestic violence to evaluate their options. The shelter, designed to allow those who need it time in a safe place to make choices that empower them to live a life safe from the controlling tactics of an abusive partner and to organize opportunities in the best interest of themselves and their children.

HOPE operates a 24 hour, 365 days a year, Helpline; a friendly, sympathetic and informed person to talk to in an emergency. Call (941) 755-6805

In fact all over the world, this is a concern... Just Last week, authorities in Spain and the Canary Islands set up an initiative, encouraging domestic abuse victims to visit pharmacies to inform someone of the abuse.

If they are unable to explicitly inform staff about their abuse, they are advised to use the code word ‘mask 19’ to do so.

If you or someone you know, needs help use the numbers listed above to get them help NOW....

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