Let’s Make Life a Little Easier for DV Victims – But, You Have to Move Quickly

sealwebThis morning when I woke up, I saw this note from the new Clerk of Court, Grant Maloy, asking for support for his improvements at the Clerk’s office.  In addition to various improvements needed in the office, he mentioned he’d also like to provide better service to Domestic Violence victims.

Now, unless you work in the field, you probably don’t know a woman can file an injunction (aka restraining order) outside of the criminal justice system  –– right at her local Clerk of Court’s office.  This relieves a little of the fear and trauma associated with taking that brave step. It’s still an unsettling and upsetting ordeal, nonetheless.

I applaud the new Clerk of Court for recognizing the sensitivity and care involved in serving domestic violence victims.  Please read the dialog below:

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It’s short notice (the Commissioners meet this morning at 9am), but if my friends in Seminole County would simply cut and paste this email, and send a note to the County Commissioners who are meeting this morning, maybe we can provide these funds and services to assist victims and those who serve them valiantly every day.

Suggested email, feel free to personalize:

Subject: Clerk of Court requested assists for Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic Violence victims take a courageous step when they file for an injunction.  I applaud Grant Maloy’s efforts to provide space at the office of the Clerk of Court to facilitate a smoother and less traumatic, dehumanizing experience. Public Service shines when we take care of our most vulnerable citizens. This one is a no-brainer. I urge you to consider his recommended suggestions to increase space and bring some dignity to this oftentimes harrowing and emotional act for self-protection.

Thank you,
YOUR NAME

County Commissioners‘ email addresses:

Lee Constantine: lconstantine@seminolecountyfl.gov

For Bob Dallari: kedenfield@seminolecountyfl.gov

For John Horan: jspry02@seminolecountyfl.gov

For Brenda Carey: stucker@seminolecountyfl.gov

For Carlton Henley: gvenn@seminolecountyfl.gov