The Clewiston News

BOCC brings awareness to domestic violence

County commissioners and members of Abuse Counseling and Treatment stand with the proclamation to name October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Hendry County.

October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation, bringing attention to the over four million Americans affected by domestic violence each year.

At its regular meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Hendry County. Representatives from Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT) were at the meeting to celebrate the proclamation with commissioners and residents in attendance.

ACT is a nonprofit organization offering services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. It recently opened an emergency shelter in LaBelle for victims and their children living in Hendry and Glades counties.

Apart from its shelter, ACT provides many services for victims including individual and group counseling; a 24-hour crisis hotline; medical, legal and personal advocacy; forensic examinations for victims of rape; and community education.

ACT operates in Hendry, Glades and Lee counties, offering support, education and protection for victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking.

ACT also keeps an open pantry at its shelter in LaBelle stocked with non-perishable foods, clothing and sanitary items such as shampoo, soap, tampons and pads. Donations of these items are accepted at the Salvation Army in LaBelle. Please make sure to specify the donations are specifically for ACT.

Monetary donations are also accepted and can be made easily by visiting ACT’s website ( and clicking the donate button.

The 24-hour crisis hotline is 239-939-3112.