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Domestic Violence Assistance

Domestic violence victims can get help with counseling, treatment and early intervention services. Two domestic violence shelters, two transitional housing facilities and a Coordinated Victims Assistance Center help protect and empower victims and their dependents.

  • Getting help

    Call or visit the Coordinate Victims Assistance office. An assessment will be given to determine eligibility of available services, which include:

    • Counseling information and referral
    • Safe shelter
    • Transportation
    • Emergency financial assistance
    • Emergency food and clothing
    • Advocacy support
    • Individual treatment and family group counseling

    Three Domestic Violence Outreach Units – at the Hialeah District Court, and North and South Dade Justice Centers – also offer protection and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their dependents.

  • Shelters and housing for victims

    Residential assistance

    Two Miami-Dade County shelters provide temporary emergency shelter and protection for domestic violence victims and their dependents.

    In addition, two transitional housing locations offer longer-term housing for victims of domestic violence and their dependents in fully-furnished apartments.

    Advocates for victims/Safespace shelters

    Emergency temporary shelter is offered for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and human trafficking.

    Inn Transition Housing Program

    This residential program provides a transitional housing opportunity to victims of domestic violence and their dependents.

    Services for both programs include:

    • Crisis counseling
    • Advocacy and support
    • Relocation assistance
    • Emergency financial assistance
    • Referrals
    • Transportation
    • And more

    Non-residential assistance

    Several programs offer assistance and coordinated services with community partners and other agencies.

    Coordinated Victims Assistance Center

    A one-stop, non-residential center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and human trafficking, the center provides on-site coordinated services with community partners, faith-based organizations, universities, nonprofit agencies and other governmental agencies.

    Domestic violence outreach units

    This court-based program offers injunctions for protection assistance and representation, advocacy and support, emergency financial assistance, crisis counseling and other services.

  • Types of domestic violence

    • Aggravated Assault
      This threat must be by word or act and the person threatening you must have done something to make you believe that this violence is about to happen. If the person uses a deadly weapon when committing this act, it is an aggravated assault.
    • Battery and Aggravated Battery
      An act of domestic violence becomes a battery when someone intentionally touches you without your permission. If that person's touching you causes you great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement, or if the person uses a deadly weapon, or if you were pregnant and the person know or should have known, the act becomes aggravated battery.
    • Stalking and Aggravated Stalking
      If someone purposefully follows you or harasses you repeatedly over a period of time for no legitimate purpose, which causes you a great amount of emotional stress, they have committed the act of stalking. If in doing this they threaten your life or threaten to cause injury to you, with the intent to cause you to reasonable fear for your safety, then the act becomes aggravated stalking.

    Read about more specific signs and types of abuse.

  • Court services

    If you are being physically or sexually abused, threatened by a family or household member, or believe you are in danger, file a restraining order, or a temporary or permanent injunction.

    Get additional information and resources from the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County.

  • Domestic violence legal definition

    The legal definition of domestic violence, as stated by Florida Statute 741.30, means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.

Phone Number(s)

  • Florida Domestic Violence 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
    1-800-500-11191-800-500-1119
  • Miami-Dade County Coordinated Victims Assistance Center
    305-285-5900305-285-5900
  • Advocates for Victims/Safespace Hotline - North
    305-758-2546305-758-2546
  • Advocates for Victims/Safespace Hotline - South
    305-245-5011305-245-5011
  • Inn Transition Program - North
    305-899-4600305-899-4600
  • Inn Transition Program - South
    786-293-3394786-293-3394

Locations and Hours

  • Coordinated Victims Assistance Center

    2400 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33133
    305-285-5900
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Hialeah District Court

    11 East 6th Street, Hialeah, FL 33010
    Room 105
    305-520-4031
    Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • North Dade Justice Center

    15555 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
    Suite 100
    305-354-8728
    Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • South Dade Justice Center

    10710 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189
    Room 1100
    305-252-5807
    Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Community Action and Human Services
Lucia Davis-Raiford, Director

Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
786-469-4600786-469-4600

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