Message From Clerk Bock
Shedding Light on Domestic Violence
Clerk’s Office is Your Line of Defense
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According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 4,829 domestic violence related offenses were reported in Palm Beach County in 2015. While this number has decreased about 14.5% since 2006, a lot of work still remains.
Every October, we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month to shed light on a human rights issue that greatly impacts our society. Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.
My office is often a first stop for many domestic abuse victims, who file injunctions against their abusers. Our Domestic Violence Department offers many resources for victims, including information about how to file an injunction or complaint, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for agencies that assist domestic abuse victims.
My staff and I are dedicated to supporting community efforts to end violence and domestic abuse. The employees at the Clerk’s office recognize the importance of this societal issue and are committed to raising awareness. We continue to serve every day as a resource in Palm Beach County to those who want and need our help.
During the month of October, Clerk employees will be collecting items to donate to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. (AVDA) as well as, participating in the Annual Race for Hope on October 8.
Domestic Violence does not discriminate. If you or someone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, please contact Victim Services at 561.355.2418 or AVDA at 561.265.2900. For more information on the services provided by our Domestic Violence Department and filing information, visit http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/domesticviolence.
Sharon R. Bock, Esq.
Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County