Statement by Marsy’s Law for Florida Regarding Abuse Victims and the COVID-19 Outbreak


March 17, 2020


Jennifer Fennell, CoreMessage

(850) 222-3767, [email protected]


“While social distancing is incredibly important as a means to help limit the spread of COVID-19, unfortunately, this period of isolation is often used by abusers to further exert control and power over their victims. Stressful times such as these may lead to an increase in instances of abuse and further compromise the safety of victims.

Marsy’s Law for Florida encourages news outlets to share the following resources and alert victims that help is still available even in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.”


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY

Click on to chat with someone online

If you’re unable to speak safely, text LOVEIS to 22522


Florida Domestic Violence Hotline

Call 1-800-500-1119 or TDD (800) 621-4202

Click on to find your local domestic violence center


Florida Council Against Sexual Violence

Click on to find your local crisis center


Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida Abuse Hotline (to report child abuse or neglect)

Call 1-800-962-2873 or TTY: 711 or 1-800-955-8771

Click on to report abuse online