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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
October 31, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Department of Corrections Leesburg Probation Office Hosting Domestic Violence Education
and Resource Fair at Venetian Gardens Community Center, Leesburg, FL

On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, the Florida Department of Corrections will be hosting a Domestic Violence Education and Resource Fair for women on probation at the Venetian Gardens Community Center located at 109 E. Dixie Ave. Leesburg, FL 34748 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The purpose of the Domestic Violence Education and Resource Fair is to educate female offenders on patterns of abusive behaviors that some individuals use to control their intimate partners. Battering can include physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and other controlling actions.

The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties will be presenting at the fair to bring awareness that will help combat the epidemic of domestic violence. Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc., was established in 1977 to meet the needs of domestic violence victims. In the 30+ years of existence, Haven has expanded its base of services and today provides comprehensive, unduplicated services to victims of domestic violence and sexual violence. Their primary objectives are to provide these victims with alternatives to abuse or life-threatening situations, and empowerment to establish a violence-free life.

This event will assist female offenders on probation/supervision successfully re-enter society by helping them connect to local resources that will strengthen their family unit.

The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 2,000 probation officers to supervise more than 151,000 active probationers on community supervision throughout the state. Probation Officers help ensure public safety through the successful re-entry of former inmates and offenders on supervision into the workforce, and they conduct resource fairs statewide to help achieve that goal.

Probation officers' duties also include making contact with offenders in their homes, at work and at the probation office; monitoring payment of victim restitution and court costs; ensuring that probationers attend court-ordered treatment programs for drug, alcohol and mental health issues; conducting pre-sentence and other investigations for the Court; and answering the Court's questions regarding supervision programs, statutory provisions, out-of-state transfers, and probation violations.

There will be video and audio opportunities for reporters as well as interview opportunities with probation officials.

For more information about the Resource Fair, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.

Directions: Those travelling from the Tavares area on US-441 will make a left onto E. Dixie Ave. and travel approximately 1 mile finding the Center on the Left hand side. Those travelling from the Leesburg area on US Hwy 27 will travel East onto Dixie Ave. and find the Center on their right.

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