We read your story about the closing of the Family Justice Center and, sadly, we understand the loss to the community of a one-stop program in the fight against domestic violence.
However, we think it is important for victims and survivors to note that for 35 years, The Spring of Tampa Bay has served our community in the prevention of domestic violence, the protection of victims and in promoting positive change in the lives of families. As Hillsborough County's only certified domestic violence center, we are one of 42 centers around the state providing nine core services to survivors in need. In fact, many of our participants are served through our 24-hour hotline - (813) 247-safe/7233 - and we encourage any reader who is in need, to call now.
In addition, The Spring is committed to permanent relocation (within 3 months) of our current outreach program that will offer easily-accessible and comprehensive services.
As we partner with other agencies and funding partners, like the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, we will work to ensure that the new location also includes legal advocacy services, assistance with filing injunctions for protection and therapeutic counseling. We operate with the help of our generous community, knowing that one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime and that men are affected by violence as well.
Our goal is always to continue holding batterers accountable for violent behavior while seeking strong interventions to keep victims safe.
Doug McCree and Mindy Murphy
TampaMcCree is the chair of the board of directors of The Springs of Tampa Bay Inc., and Murphy is the president and CEO.