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Domestic Violence Shelters Keep Victims Safe, Need Data on Long-Term Effects, Report No. 00-03, August 2000
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  • The victims of domestic violence program has successfully kept victims of domestic violence safe when they are in shelter.  For three consecutive years, the program has met its “zero incidents” performance standard.
  • The percentage of clients in shelter for 72 hours or more with a family safety plan in effect is below the current legislative standard.
  • The Department of Children and Families lacks data on the program’s long-term impact on preventing further abuse of victims.  The certified domestic violence centers should report more information on victims’ previous experiences in attempting to break free from domestic violence.
  • The lack of cooperation between certified domestic violence centers and child protection staff can hinder staff from determining the best course of action for the family.  The centers and the department have developed several strategies to improve their interaction, and the department should monitor the effectiveness of these efforts.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Domestic Violence
Family Safety
Child Abuse and Neglect
Florida Abuse Hotline

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-19 Progress Report: Domestic Violence Program Improves Coordination, But Lacks Data on Long-Term Effects of Services, published in March 2002.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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