Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Week 2018

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Week. Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank joined with members of the Domestic Violence Task Force on Wednesday, October 3rd, to accept the proclamation.

During brief remarks to the Board, the Clerk thanked her employees for the hard work they do every day to protect domestic violence victims. Each year, our office processes nearly 7,000 applications for domestic violence restraining orders—every day, 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The applications are processed at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa and the Plant City Courthouse in downtown Plant City.  Pat Frank also deputizes employees of The Spring of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s only domestic violence shelter, so they can process restraining order applications after hours. Last year, more than 300 applications were processed at The Spring.

To ease the burden of this process, the Clerk’s Office now offers applicants the ability to register to view their court records online so they do not have to call our office or return to the courthouse to keep up with the progress of their applications.
Read more about domestic violence injunctions.

Picture of people showing from left to right: Doug Bakke, chief of court operations; Faye Blackmon, manager of domestic violence injunctions; Jennifer Coffman of the State Attorney’s Victim Assistance Office; State Attorney Andrew Warren; Hillsborough Commissioner Ken Hagan; Pat Frank; Mindy Murphy, CEO of The Spring of Tampa Bay; and Frank Guida of the  State Attorney’s Victim Assistance Office