Salvation Army program works to help drive domestic violence out of Brevard


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In the 1970 Oscar-nominated film, “Love Story,” the main character said to her husband, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

That memorable line has entered our lexicon; used sometimes in jest, but more often it infers that in a loving relationship, there shouldn’t be a situation where an apology is necessary, for example, domestic violence.

Any person who is being physically or sexually abused, threatened or stalked by a family or household member is a victim of domestic violence. There is a law to protect them, according to the Melbourne Police Department. Domestic violence is a crime.

Every minute in the United States, 24 people are hurt by a loved one for which many are regretful. Last year in Brevard County, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were approximately 4,000 reported domestic violence offenses.

Cindy Mitchell, the director of The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program serving North and Central Brevard, said that the majority of domestic violence cases are unreported. “We must end this problem,” Mitchell said.

To achieve this objective, Mitchell’s personal and professional mission is to, first, increase public awareness of the impact of domestic violence; and second, to obtain funding support that is helpful in delivering services.

Anyone of any age can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence.

The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program offers a variety of free, voluntary and confidential services to survivors of domestic abuse, such as counseling and shelter, among others. Services are available to all.

The program’s domestic violence hotline assisted more than 2,000 callers in 2018. Five hundred received counseling, and 300 survivors — adults and children — stayed at the Salvation Army shelter.

On Oct. 2, the Salvation Army will  hold its 35th anniversary and awareness breakfast to increase awareness and to honor the pioneers of domestic violence awareness and prevention. For information about the breakfast or to sponsor this or future events, call 321-631-2766, extension 22.

Mitchell’s plea is, “Help us end this problem.”

The Salvation Army Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline is 321-631-2764 and statewide it is 1-800-500-1119.