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Equal Opportunity and Inclusion


VOL. 2 , ISSUE 4

Top Stories in this Issue

  • What is Domestic Violence?
  • Creating a Safety Plan
  • Male Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Resources
  • Other Hotlines

What is Domestic Violence?

According to the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the definition of domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. According to a University of California, Davis study, the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns created an ideal environment for increased domestic violence because the increased social isolation created an environment where victims and aggressors could not easily separate themselves from each other. Additional stressors increased in the form of income loss and lack of ability to pay for housing and food; these stressors exacerbated the epidemic of intimate partner violence.

When most people picture domestic violence, they picture physical violence however, that is only one form of domestic violence. Other forms of domestic violence include emotional, sexual, financial, or psychological despair. Sexual abuse is common in intimate partner violent relationships and includes rape, harassment, unwelcome touching and demeaning behaviors. Many college students are subjected to reproductive coercion without realizing it. According to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, examples of reproductive coercion include:

  • hiding, withholding, or destroying a partner’s birth control pills;
  • intentionally breaking condoms or removing a condom during sex; 
  • not withdrawing during intercourse when that was the agreed upon method of contraception;
  • removing contraceptive patches, rings, or IUDs;
  • attempting to force/ coerce a partner to have an abortion against their will; AND
  • controlling abortion-related decisions.



Creating a Safety Plan

No two situations are the same so safety plans must be created on a case-by-case basis. As a party to the relationship, you have the most information available to help create a safety plan. There are organizations that will help you including Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, National Domestic Violence Hotline and Florida Department of Children and Families. Understand that you need a safety plan whether you plan to leave the relationship or if you plan to stay. The most important element of a safety plan is identifying safe friends and safe places for you to retreat for help. You may also want to identify code words to share with your friends, neighbors and/or co-workers to signal that you need assistance from law enforcement. 

Resources to help you create a safety plan for your personal safety, your safety at work and your safety if you are being stalked are available using the links below:

Male Victims of Domestic Violence

While it is not commonly talked about, men are victims of domestic violence too. This abuse occurs in both heterosexual and same sex relationships in all cultures and age groups. Statistics show that approximately one in three victims of domestic violence are male; however, most men do not report the abuse because of feelings ranging from embarrassment, fear they will not be believed or fear of revenge from their partners. 

There is help available specifically for men who are being abused. For more information, go to In addition, there is a law firm in Florida that specializes in assisting men who have been victims of domestic violence. The website is Please understand that EOI does not endorse or recommend this law firm but is simply providing this link to its web page in order to provide more information on resources for male victims. 


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Children’s Home Society

3027 San Diego Road | Jacksonville, FL 32207 


This organization provides counselling services for families and individuals.                       

Florida Department of Children & Families

Child Care Training Information Center: 1-888-352-2842 Child Abuse Registry: 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)  |

DCF ensures safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency for families. DCF responds to issues involving child welfare and well-being as well as providing licensing guidelines, support and monitoring of licensed childcare centers and family childcare homes.                                                                                        

Family Foundations

1639 Atlantic Blvd | Jacksonville, FL 32207

1-904-396-4846 |

This organization provides family, couple, and individual counseling.                                  


Hubbard House

24-Hour Hotline: 1-904-354-3114 24-Hour Textline: 1-904-210-3698

24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and counseling. Offers shelter for victims of domestic violence, a Batterer's Intervention program for abusers; provides intervention andprevention.

River Region Human Services

3901 Carmichael Ave | Jacksonville, FL 32254

1-904-899-6300 |

Provides rehabilitation and prevention services to people affected by alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse.

The Azalea Project

157 E 8th St, Suite 119 | Jacksonville. FL 32206


Provides information to pregnant women in accessing health care and other needed services; provides support and advocacy through outreach services for high-risk women; provides substance abuse prevention and intervention information; educates women on safe sex practices and how to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases; provides home visitation and referral services to assist families impacted by substance abuse.                                                                                                                    

Women’s Center of Jacksonville Rape Recovery Team

5644 Colcord Ave | Jacksonville, FL 32211


The Rape Recovery Team responds quickly and compassionately to all genders, adult and teen, survivors of sexual assault, whether they have chosen to report the crime to police.                                  


Other Hotlines

Florida Domestic Violence Hotline | Toll free (800) 500-1119  

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) |

National Dating Abuse Helpline 
1-866-331-9474 |

National Child Abuse Hotline/ Childhelp 
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) |

National Sexual Assault Hotline 
1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) |

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-8255 (TALK) |

National Center for Victims of Crime 
1-202-467-8700 |

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/ Polaris Project 
Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733) |

N ational Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 
1-510-465-1984 |

National Coalition for the Homeless 
1-202-737-6444 |

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
1-800-537-2238 | and

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
1-888-792-2873 |

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011 |

National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) |


Childhelp USA/ National Child Abuse Hotline 
1-800-422-4453 |

Children’s Defense Fund 
1-202-628-8787 |

Child Welfare League of America 
1-202-638-2952 |

National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges 
Child Protection and Custody/ Resource Center on Domestic Violence
1-800-527-3233 |

Center for Judicial Excellence 
Email: | Web:


Love is Respect 
1-866-331-9474 |

Break the Cycle 
1-202-824-0707 |  


Domestic Violence Initiative 
1-303-839-5510 or 1-877-839-5510 |

Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN) 
Main Phone: 1-202-559-5366 | Email: |


Women of Color Network 
1-800-537-2238 |

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence 
Email: | Email:


Casa de Esperanza 
Linea de crisis 24-horas/24-hour crisis line 
1-651-772-1611 |

National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
1-651-646-5553 |


The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project
1-202-274-4457 |


National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center 
1-855-649-7299 |


Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence 
1-415-954-9988 |

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) 
1-212- 473-6485 |

1-732-435-1414 |


The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute 
1-770-909-0715 |


The Audre Lorde Project 
1-718-596-0342 |

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 
1-202-393-5177 |

Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse 
1-206-568-7777 |

Trans Lifeline
1-877-565-8860 |


National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life 
1-608-255-0539 |

National Center for Elder Abuse 
1-855-500-3537 |


National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) 
1-720-466-3882 |

A Call to Men 
1-917-922-6738 |

Men Stopping Violence
1-866-717-9317 |


Battered Women’s Justice Project 
1-800-903-0111 |

Legal Momentum 

1-212-925-6635 |

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women 
1-800-903-0111 x3 |

National Women's Law Center:  Legal Network for Gender Equity

1-202-588-5180 |

Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project


Total EOI Investigations  

2019-2020 (July 1 - June 30) 129
2020-2021 (July 1 - June 30) 124


Current EOI Investigations  

Total Investigations       37 
Cases Opened in September  21 
Cases Closed in September 10 
Referred to OSAR    

As of September 30, 2021 (includes situational cases)

Note: Student Case must be closed by EOI before it can be referred to OSAR   

EOI Office Staff Directory

Director and Title IX Coordinator

Marlynn Jones, Esquire

EOI Coordinator

Fantei Norman

Office of Equal Opportunity & Inclusion
1 UNF Drive, Building 1, Suite 1200, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Edited by: Marlynn R. Jones, Esquire