Orlando-area domestic violence task force makes progress
By Keith Landry, Reporter -
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs reconvened a domestic violence task force one year ago after terrible attacks on women. Victims' advocates say one year later there is progress.
Carol Wick is the CEO of Harbor House, a shelter and service center for domestic violence victims. Wick says, "We really have to send a message in this community to both the victims and to those who are causing the abuse that this is not going to be tolerated."
The commission is focusing on sixty improvements, things like more outreach to Hispanic and Haitian women. They are working on counseling for children who witness domestic violence. They are also creating a justice drop- in center where a victim and her children can get a variety of services.
Lawmakers are filing bills to keep secret the addresses of domestic violence victims and to toughen no contact laws. State Senator David Simmons says he will file one of the bills he says, "Making it much more clear as to what kind of contact is permissible and not permissible."
Wick wants to expand the Early Victim Engagement or EVE Project to twelve local cities, so victims have access to an advocate at the crime scene or at the emergency room. Wick also wants more police trained to collect evidence to help prosecutors have the information they need so they can pursue prosecutions against offenders.