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Armando Ramirez

Osceola County Clerk of Court

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) remain committed to protecting Floridians who may be suffering from domestic violence.

The Osceola County Clerk of Court actively works with various agencies to ensure justice and safety for victims and their families. Help Now, Inc. provides shelter, counseling and support groups. Food and clothing are provided through the Food Pantry (St. Cloud), Red Cross (USDA Commodities) and WIC (Women, Infants & Children).

The Red Cross also provides rent and utility aid. Shelter assistance is provided by the First United Methodist Church (Kissimmee), Orlando Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and the Women’s Center. Victims can also contact the Injunctions Processing Unit located on the 3rd floor of the courthouse building for assistance with filings of injunctions for protection and information about victim compensation, court orientation and escort, and address confidentiality.

Did you know that according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner? Domestic violence affects all Floridians, and the FCCC wants to remind everyone that the Clerks of Court offices serve as local resources to community members who are both directly and indirectly affected by domestic violence year-round.

There were more than 120,000 cases of domestic violence reported in Florida last year, according to NCADV. Sadly, countless others go unreported. Osceola County is taking a stand against domestic violence to improve this statistic, by refusing to remain silent upon experiencing, witnessing or hearing about incidents of domestic violence. We pledge to hold ourselves accountable, refusing to stay with the “it’s none of my business” mindset.

While we continue to work to end domestic violence in Osceola County, our office strives to be a reliable, responsive, and sensitive resource to victims. It is our duty to serve as advocates and support systems, as we approach each situation with the seriousness and urgency they deserve. For their protection, we use complete confidentiality and discretion throughout the duration of the process; from filing reports to ensuring victims are connected to advocate programs.

Should you or someone you know be experiencing domestic violence, we urge you to reach out to our office at 407-742-3492, or any of these other community resources:

• Statewide Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119

• Osceola County Sheriff’s Office: 407-348-2222

• Kissimmee Police Department: 407-846-3333

• St. Cloud Police Department: 407-891-6700

Help us spread the message on domestic violence. Visit FLClerks.com for more details on how your local Court Clerk and Comptroller’s Office can help

Armando Ramírez is the Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court.