Domestic Violence Awareness Planned in Tampa Bay Area

On behalf of the entire crew at ABC Action News, thank you for your support in the ABC Action News "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence" campaign, which is now in year 5!

The Tampa Bay area has 12 state certified domestic violence centers. We have a full listing of each one and links to their websites. We're often asked by viewers "What can I do to help?"  The options are varied and many!

Most of the DV centers operate thrift shops to help fund their programs and shelter operations. Consider shopping at these thrift shops. I know I do! And by all means, consider donating household items, clothes and shoes. The more items they have to sell, the more funding they have to help local families hurting from DV.  In past TAADV campaigns, ABC Action News employees have donated more than $6,000 worth of business & evening wear.

This year, during the 6 weeks of the campaign, our Traffic Reporter Meredyth Censullo is "Taking Action with Fashion" – wearing items from the thrift stores of The Spring of Tampa Bay, CASA and The Haven of RCS! She posts pictures on Facebook daily with price, size and store information. Sorry ladies, Deiah Riley and I bought 2 of the items even before she left the news set!

The easiest way to "Take Action Against Domestic Violence" is by supporting your local DV center by attending community events. Each year, the DV centers host special events – from luncheons to walks & runs. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the amazing work these advocates are doing as well as contribute financially, in ways big or small, to their programs. ABC Action News is proud to partner with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and our state certified DV centers.

Here are some of the highlights, most of them happening during October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month! For more information, county by county, visit and click on the Map of DV Centers. You'll find details under each center's "Events" category.  

September 29 - Bikers Against Domestic Violence benefiting CASA – hosted by Softails Eatery & Pub in Seminole –

October 2 – Men of Courage Breakfast at the University Park Country Club benefiting SPARCC (Sarasota & DeSoto Counties) and Hope Family Services (Manatee County) - or call 941-365-0208 ext.124.  

October 3 – Walk A Mile in Her Shoes – hosted by the University of South Florida Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention – Tampa Campus -

October 3 - 2013 Philanthropy Fair including CASA – University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus –

October 4 – CASA Masquerade Dinner – St. Petersburg -

October 5 - Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence - JD Hamel Park in Sarasota – 9am walk – benefiting SPARCC (serving Sarasota & DeSoto) -

October 5 – 4 th Annual Apple Gala benefiting Hope Family Services DV Center – Gold Coast Eagle in Sarasota – 941- 727-9072

October 5 – 3 rd Annual Walk & Talk Against Domestic Violence – Al Lopez Park, 9am, Free Event – West Tampa

October 5 – Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars benefiting CASA & The Haven DV Centers –  (ABC Action News Emcee)

October 10 – Faces of Domestic Violence Luncheon hosted by The Haven of RCS – Clearwater – (ABC Action News Emcee)

October 12 – Taking Steps to End Domestic Violence Walk hosted by Peace River Center – Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring –

October 17 – Candlelight Vigil hosted by Sunrise of Pasco DV Center – Agnes Lamb Four Seasons Park in Dade City – 352 – 567- 1681

October 18 – Clothesline Project, Awareness & Prevention Table hosted by Peace River Center – Bartow's Main Street -

October 18 – Gift of Peace Brunch hosted by The Spring of Tampa Bay - Downtown Tampa – (ABC Action News Emcee)

October 19 – Purple Ribbon Walk hosted by Heather's Hope Foundation – Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland –  (ABC Action News Emcee)

October 21 – Victims' Silent Witness Memorial - Polk County Courthouse in Bartow -

October 24 – Domestic Violence Conference & Training hosted by Tampa General Hospital – 9:30am – 4:30pm – for healthcare professionals – to register (813) 844-776

October 26 – 27 – Dawn Center of Hernando's Fall Feast at Horse Lake Plaza in Brooksville –

October 26 – Purse Fundraiser benefiting The Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties DV Center – PNC Bank in Leesburg –

November 7 – Purple Passion Event benefiting The Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties DV Center – Al's Landing in Tavares – or 352 – 343- 4237

November 21 – Cody's Classic Golf Tournament benefiting CASA DV Center – Bayou Club in Largo –

November 24 – 2013 Women's Half Marathon benefiting CASA DV Center – Downtown St. Petersburg – or

December 5 – Peace Breakfast hosted by CASA – St. Pete Coliseum – (ABC Action News Emcee)

April 2014 – A Good Night's Sleep Luncheon benefiting CASA - – (ABC Action News Emcee)

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