Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide. Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.
TDD: (800) 621-4202
Haven Lake Sumter
24-hour hotlines provide immediate crisis intervention. Victims and their dependent children receive temporary emergency shelter, food, clothing, and counseling (both individual and group).
*Outreach counseling is available in both Lake & Sumter Counties.
*Transitional living is available to those victims requiring longer term physical and/or emotional healing.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
The Still Standing Alliance
The SSA collaborates with other local and national organizations to promote legislation and policies that serve and protect victims and survivors of domestic violence. We aim to influence decisions within the political arena that affect our domestic violence initiatives. The goal is to ensure that the laws and legislation protect victims, victim rights and other legislation related to violence against women.
Lovesmart Inc., was founded in 2020 by Valerie L. Williams who became a victim of Domestic Violence after being shot 3 times by her husband. Yes, research promotes facts and many experts suggest patterns, however, this wasn't the case for Valerie. A one time altercation with her husband, she tragically ended up in the hospital for three days after having been shot once in the head and twice into her right arm. Valerie begin to notice that young people were getting into serious relationships too soon and without the proper understanding and knowledge of how healthy relationships work which heightens their chances of becoming victims of abuse. In 2013, Valerie started going into the public schools, local teen centers and other social organizations and presenting the Lovesmart Program.
In 2020, she decided it was time to establish LOVESMART INC. 501(c)(3). The Lovesmart program consists of workshops and presentations, community outreach and dating curriculum.
SPARCC provides help, hope and healing with empowerment-based services and programs.
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (SPARCC) was formed as a non-profit agency in 1979. SPARCC is the only state-certified center for domestic violence and sexual assault services for Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
All of SPARCC’s services are free and confidential.