Domestic Violence and Social Distancing
Domestic violence is one of the most under-reported crimes in the US. The reasons for this include fear, inability to access resources, not knowing what resources are available, self-blame, lack of self-sustainability, and more. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the various challenges a victim may face and employs a special unit designated to fighting domestic violence in our community.
Here are some things to consider:
- Victims who are “stuck at home” may very well be stuck there with the abuser, making it nearly impossible for some to call for help.
- When children live in the home, a victim may not report in order to protect them/keep their family together…especially in uncertain times.
- Self-sustainability for the victim may be more challenging during this time than it may have ever been before.
- CCSO responds to domestic violence calls year-round, and while the numbers fluctuate, the month-to-month averages still remain constant.
- Victims may instead call religious leaders or organizations like C.A.R.E. (Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies) rather than CCSO to report, seek guidance, or establish a safety plan. We work in partnership with C.A.R.E. in order to deliver appropriate services to victims of DV.
Whichever option the victim chooses, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office supports their decision, and we stand ready to respond should they elect to call us. No one should have to live in fear or be forced to endure physical, emotional, or economic abuse at any time.
In the event of an emergency, dial 911
CCSO Non-Emergency Line: 639-2101
C.A.R.E. Domestic Violence Hotline: 627-6000
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