Domestic-violence homicides in Orlando have doubled in the first eight months of this year compared with all of last year, but a new program being unveiled today hopes to change that trend, says the Orlando Sentinel. Mayor Buddy Dyer and police chief Paul Rooney will announce a partnership with Harbor House of Central Florida to launch Project Courage 2, which will focus on an Orlando neighborhood for outreach and education about what to do and whom to call for domestic-violence issues.
The first Project Courage began last year. Domestic-violence advocates saturated a neighborhood and are now seeing their work pay off, said Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House, the county’s lone domestic-violence shelter. Officials will unveil maps created by University of Central Florida that compile data from law-enforcement agencies, Harbor House, and the state Department of Children and Families. The maps, which are created every three years, show — by ZIP code — family violence where a child is threatened, confirmed domestic-violence incidents, and where Harbor House has provided outreach services. Researchers found that in 2010, nearly a quarter of all domestic-violence-related calls for service were dispatched to three ZIP codes.