Domestic Violence Awareness Month

From the Desk of Sheriff Prummell-

Domestic violence occurs in many ways, with some being easier to detect than others. A bruise, broken bone, or black eye can be obvious – and often explained away with a quick story about tripping or some other accident.

What about emotional abuse? This also falls under the “domestic violence” umbrella. Emotional abuse, which can be insults, threats, or gaslighting, is harder to spot. Threatening physical harm of a partner or  someone/something they love (children/pets) can leave the victim feeling that they have no choice but to comply with the abuser’s demands.

Financial abuse is another form that may not be detectable. By controlling a partner’s finances, one has control over that person. How can a victim leave if they have no money for food, shelter, or necessities to care for themselves and/or their children?

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has an entire unit dedicated to the issue of domestic violence. This unit assists victims with connecting to appropriate resources and investigates reports of domestic violence throughout Charlotte County.

Additionally, I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.). This collaboration enables me to remain informed and connected in order to help put a stop to domestic violence in our community.

No one should have to live in fear. And in Charlotte County, it’s my goal to make sure you don’t.

Those who may be a victim of violence can call and receive assistance through C.A.R.E. or CCSO. We can also offer assistance to those who may be the abuser. As a community, we can prevent all types of abuse.

Non-Emergency Number: 941-639-0013

C.A.R.E. 24-hr. Crisis Line: 941-627-6000

In an emergency, Dial 9-1-1

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