ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says she is collaborating with allies to help combat domestic abuse as concern around the coronavirus grows in Central Florida.
Officials said the efforts are meant to assist in protecting victims of domestic violence, child abuse and animal cruelty as people are asked to stay home more often and for a longer period of time.
“At the end of the day we want to make certain that victims’ lives are safe,” Ayala said.
According to the State Attorney’s Office, data shows domestic violence and child abuse increases during financial stress, with the virus contributing to factors that may result in a higher likelihood of the abuse toward women, children and pets.
A coalition of Central Florida leaders, including those tasked with preventing abuse and providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, discussed the resources available to those who may be in need of assistance.
Michelle Sperzel from Harbor House, Tammy Douglass from Help Now of Osceola County, Lui Damiani of the Victim Service Center, Stephen Bardy from the Pet Alliance of Great Orlando and Paula Basil of the No Abuse Program, Inc. said their organizations are all able to provide help to those in need.