Harbor House of Central Florida spreads awareness on domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Leaders with Harbor House of Central Florida joined forced with Orange County and City of Orlando officials to get results for domestic violence victims.

CEO Michelle Sperzel explained the organization is extending housing for victims.

“The impact of domestic violence extends far beyond physical injuries. It leaves scars on hearts and on minds,” Sperzel explained.

She explained the organization is extending housing for victims.

“We were shelter to 909 individuals, with more than half of those individuals being children. We provided over 100,000 life-saving services,” Sperzel said.

Sheriff John Mina said the sheriff’s office responded to 3,500 domestic violence calls so far this year.

“Just this year, our domestic violence detectives and our homicide detectives investigated 12 domestic homicide murders as compared to seven last year,” Mina said.

Leaders said the goal is to hold abusers accountable but want to remind victims that help is available.

“The goal in my office is to investigate and prosecute every one of these cases in a manner that ensures safety of each victim, their children, and their families,” said Andrew Bain, state attorney of Ninth Judicial Circuit.

Harbor House of Central Florida hotline: 407-886-2856

Harbor House of Central Florida website: https://www.harborhousefl.com/

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!