Domestic Abuse Council Inc.
 

24 - Hour Crisis Line
1-800-500-1119
For information regarding services provided, you may call the crisis number listed above.
The Domestic Abuse Council is funded through United Way, DVTF, and Volusia County.

Together We Can Make a Difference


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Mission Statement:
The mission of the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is to end domestic violence in our community.

Purpose
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 and community programs for child witnesses of domestic violence, legal advocacy, community education and professional training.

History

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 the first transitional housing complex for homeless women with children in Daytona Beach. In 1991 an additional transitional housing program opened in Daytona Beach. In 1997 and in 1999 a third and fourth transitional housing program opened in DeLand. The programs are called “Second Choice”. Our Transitional Housing Programs are funded through grants with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and local sources. Residents from our emergency crisis shelters may be eligible for these programs.

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. The attorney is available to assist victims with legal representation through the injunction for protection process.

In March of 2005 the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. opened the DAC Thrift Shop to assist the agency in generating funds. Victims from the emergency shelter may, free of charge, obtain necessary items from the thrift store, which is located at 949A Beville Rd., South Daytona. The shop is opened Monday-Saturday and donations are accepted between 10:30AM-4:00PM.