Welcome to the ABC Action News “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” campaign!

Now in its 7th year, the awareness campaign is built around the FL DV Hotline, 1-800-500-1119, and the state certified domestic violence centers serving the Tampa Bay area. ABC Action News works with directly with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence in our state capitol to create awareness of the DV hotline and all 10 local DV centers - see links to the right.

The “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” campaign is a year-round commitment that extends across all media platforms of ABC Action News. We produce special reports, public service announcements, and a 1-hour, commercial free special that airs in October – National DV Awareness Month.

This webpage is designed to serve as a resource for you, with links to local DV centers, the warning signs of domestic violence, a guide to “safety planning”,  videos, and our annual 1-Hour Special! Also on this webpage, you’ll find the “Wheel of Power and Control”  which illustrates the different aspects of dating violence/domestic violence and the “Wheel of Equality” which, conversely, illustrates what a healthy relationship is. Domestic violence experts and counselors use both of these “wheels” to help victims of domestic violence or worried loved ones.

This year’s series of special reports from survivors is titled “Your Story Matters” and you can watch each of them here or watch the 2015 Taking Action Against Domestic Violence 1-Hour Special, which first aired on the evening of October 22, 2015.

Our thanks to our sponsors at the Allstate Foundation and our partners at Deana’s Educational Theater. And special thanks to our community partners here at home!

CALL 1-800-500-1119 IF YOU NEED HELP
If you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, call the 1-800-500-1119 hotline to connect with experts at the DV center located nearest you. All 10 DV centers in the Tampa Bay area can be reached via the statewide DV hotline. For your own protection, the hotline number is untraceable and will not be displayed on your phone or phone bill.

New in 2015, we partnered with Deana’s Educational Theater, Heartland for Children, the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College to host 4 special presentations of The Yellow Dress stage play.


Deana’s Educational Theater, based in the New England area, works with a select group of non-profit organizations nationwide for limited presentations of The Yellow Dress. In Florida, they work exclusively with the non-profit Heartland for Children, serving Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.

October 8 – 11, 2015 we presented the dramatic, one woman stage play on dating violence to audiences in Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland and St. Petersburg. These free community events, open to the general public, gave women, men and teenagers the opportunity to see the award winning play and meet directly with experts from local domestic violence centers. Advocates were able to help victims and worried loved ones who reached out to them in private.