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.
- HILLS- Spring of Tampa Bay
- PINELLAS- Community Action Stops Abuse
- PINELLAS- The Haven of RCS
- CHARLOTTE- Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies
- Citrus County Abuse Shelter
- PASCO- Sunrise of Pasco County
- PASCO- Salvation Army DV Program
- HERNANDO- Dawn Center
- MANATEE- Hope Family Services
- HARDEE, HIGHLAND, POLK- Peace River Center
- SARASOTA/DeSOTO- Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center of Sarasota
- The Haven of Lake and Sumter County