This year-round commitment by ABC Action News empowers victims to break the cycle of abuse and raises community awareness about local DV centers.
At the heart of the campaign is the statewide DV hotline (1-800-500-1119). It connects callers directly with the DV center in the caller’s area code. For safety reasons, the hotline number is untraceable. It will not appear in phone records.
Operators are standing by 24/7 to help women and men, young and old, from victims to worried loved ones. The hotline number is prominently displayed across all components of the campaign, now in year five.
Our special reports, 1-hour specials, public service announcements and all components of the campaign are available for viewing online anytime.
On October 1, ABC Action News hosted a special performance of the award-winning stage play ‘The Yellow Dress’. The event was free and open to the community! It was made possible with help from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Deana’s Educational Theater, Heather’s Hope Foundation and Heartland for Children. The play is about teen dating violence.
WATCH NOW: Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Special
Since the launch of the campaign five years ago, the Florida Coalition Against DV has reported a 77% increase in calls to the DV hotline during the 6 weeks of the 2009 – 2012 Taking Action Against Domestic Violence campaigns.
Those efforts were recognized in Washington D.C. on June 3, 2013 by the National Association of Broadcasters. ABC Action News was the sole television station in the country to receive the prestigious Service to Community Award. None of this would be possible without the continued support of our campaign sponsors & members of the ABC Action News family, Verizon Wireless, Allstate Foundation and Sykes Enterprises, Inc.
What is domestic violence? Who does it affect? What are the first steps you should take if domestic violence is affecting you or someone you love? These are all common questions, and we have the answers. Click here to see our domestic violence plan.
Domestic Violence Stories
When Yuly was 16 years old, she only had eyes for one guy. Nearly 10 years older, he was her first boyfriend. Yuly said he treated her like a princess and spoiled her with gifts. She now sees that he was controlling her.
Kailee and her mom, Patricia, love coloring and creating art together. So much so, they decided to collaborate on a poster contest for the domestic violence shelter, Sunrise of Pasco County.
Teachers at Countryside High School in Clearwater talk openly to teens about dating and healthy relationships as part of the "Teen Dating 101" program during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
They may seem different, but Devante Robinson and Ricky Roberts are working toward the same goal on the front lines of domestic violence prevention.
"The Yellow Dress" is a play that's been performed at local high schools, but ABC Action News, along with Deana's Educational Theater and Heartland For Children, gave the public a chance to see it at Tampa's Straz Center on October 1st.
This Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Primetime Special focuses on teen dating and creative educational programs in the Tampa Bay area that help steer teenagers away from unhealthy relationships.
Our Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Primetime Special is the centerpiece of our annual six-week campaign against domestic violence.