The mission of the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is to end domestic violence in our community.
The purpose of the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is to provide emergency shelter, victim advocacy, transitional housing, support/education groups for victims, information and referral services, case management, residential program for child witnesses of domestic violence, legal advocacy, community education and professional training.
The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. began in 1976 when a task force on battered women was formed by a small group of individuals concerned with the issues of domestic violence. They offered a 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency shelter through a motel, which provided one night relief for victims of family violence. In 1979, the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. opened the first emergency shelter for battered women and their children in Daytona Beach.
In 1988 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. opened a transitional housing complex for homeless women with children in Daytona Beach. The program is called “Second Choice”. Our Transitional Housing Program is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and local sources. Residents from our emergency crisis shelters are eligible for this program.
In 1993 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. began its shelter based education and prevention program for children. The “Hugs & Love” program assists all children who enter the emergency shelter programs with case management, safety assessments and advocacy.
In 1996, the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. received VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) funding which allowed us to start the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program. Victims of domestic violence receive assistance, advocacy and support through the injunction process.
In June of 2002 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. purchased a 19,500 square foot facility situated on 6.5 acres of land. The acquisition of this facility was partially funded by the 2001 Capital Improvement Grant Funds through the Department of Children and Family Services. By September of 2002 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.’s administrative office, outreach offices and emergency shelter had all relocated to this new facility.
In October of 2002 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. received Legal Assistance for Victims Grant funding, from the Violence Against Women Office and hired an attorney to assist victims with divorces, custody issues, child support and other legal concerns victims may face.
In March of 2005 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. opened a Thrift Store to assist the agency in generating funds.