Serene Harbor has been serving the needs of domestic violence victims in Brevard County for the past 19 years. They have provided a safe refuge and life changing services to over 25,000 women and children in our community. Services include a 24 - Helpline (321) 726-8282, Emergency Shelter, Case Management, Counseling, Education and an Outreach Program that includes: counseling, support groups, personal advocacy, criminal/civil justice advocacy, relocation assistance and victims compensation claims assistance.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
Did You Know?
1. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
2. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
3. 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
4. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
5. Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
6. Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
Our Vision and Mission:
Our vision is a community that is educated about and welcoming to victims of domestic violence and their needs. Our mission is to be a leading advocate for reducing the incidence of domestic violence in Brevard County through intervention, prevention, social change, information, enlightenment, education and engagement of our community.
Overcoming the effects of domestic violence is a monumental task for survivors and their children. The role of the domestic violence shelter in assisting survivors to break away from this abuse is significant. Serene Harbor provides a safe and protective environment to support the survivors as they struggle to build a life for themselves and their children free from fear and violence.