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The Safespace Empowerment Center made possible by the CAHSD and Mayor Cava is now open

The Safespace Empowerment Center is a domestic violence-certified facility that has opened its doors under the supervision of the Community Action and Human Services Department

With the help of the Community Action and Human Services Department's (CAHSD) Violence Prevention and Intervention Division, Miami Dade County inaugurated a certified domestic violence center –Safespace Empowerment Center, to help victims of violent abuse.

About the Safespace Empowerment Center

With the help of the Violence Prevention and Intervention Division of CAHSD, there is now a refuge or safe space for victims of domestic abuse in Miami-Dade County.

According to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, "the grand opening of the Safespace Empowerment Center is very timely."

This facility will provide families with life-saving services and support at some of their most trying times. If somebody is scared or in danger, they urge them to reach out.

The purpose of the Safespace empowerment center

Domestic violence offenses accounted for 106,515 reports to Florida police departments in 2020, leading to 63,217 arrests. 10,287 domestic abuse survivors and their children received emergency refuge for 412,360 nights during the 2020–21 fiscal year from Florida's approved domestic violence shelters. Advocates also created 150,799 customized safety plans and provided counseling services. However, due to factors including fear, shame, or being stopped from taking action by their abusers, a large number of victims of domestic violence do not contact the authorities about their abusers or use domestic violence programs.

But thanks to the inauguration of the Safespace Empowerment Center in Miami Dade County, there are now 60 additional emergency shelter beds. According to Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins of District 8, these additional beds will have a significant impact on survivors in Miami Dade County and will give a home to hundreds of families annually.

Sonia Grice, Director of Community Action and Human Services Department, stated that all services would be free and private.

a person giving message of hope

The center will offer victims services 24/7, including during the holiday seasons. They will offer safety planning, claims for victims' compensation, temporary housing, relocation service, case management, legal assistance, counseling, and court accompaniment. And according to CAHSD, all of these services will be confidential and free of cost.

If you would like additional details about the new facility visit, www.miamidade.gov/socialservices and to see live footage of the event click here.

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