Domestic Violence Hotline, Shelters, and Resources in the Tampa Bay Area

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233.

TAMPA, Fla. – The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as willful intimidation, assault, battery, sexual abuse or other abusive behavior that is part of a pattern where a person exercises power and control on a parent or intimate partner.

According to the NCADV, this includes everything from emotional abuse to physical and sexual threats or abuse.

“37.9% of Florida women and 29.3% of Florida men experience intimate partner dating violence, sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime,” writes the NCADV online.

In 2019 alone, 105,298 domestic violence reports were filed with police across the state. And, the NCADV says many more cases have gone unreported.

Nationally, experts say one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. NCADV says nearly 20 people are physically assaulted by a partner every minute in the United States

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, there is help.

In addition to 911, several resources are available:

In Florida, the Domestic Violence Helpline can be attached to 1-800-500-1119 or via the relay at 711.

Click here for an interactive map of domestic violence centersas well as a county-by-county Florida contact list.

Domestic Violence Center based in Pinellas County CASA operates a 24 hour hotline and emergency shelter, among other resources. While CASA urges people to contact the police if in immediate danger, its hotline can be reached at any time by dialing 727-895-4912. There is also an option to chat with a lawyer during certain hours by clicking here.

Nationally, the National Domestic Violence Helpline reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-7233. It also has a live chat feature, which you can find on its website here.

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