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11th Circuit state attorney assures domestic violence victims that services are available during the pandemic

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'Our victims need to know that they are not alone'

Katherine Fernandez RundleCourts, prosecutors, and social service organizations are available to protect domestic violence victims during the COVID-19 pandemic, assures Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

At a May 5 meeting, the Miami-Dade County Commission advanced legislation to create an outreach campaign with Fernandez Rundle’s office to assure victims that services remain available during the health emergency.

“I am very appreciative of the Board of County Commissioners for sponsoring Vice Chair [Rebecca] Sosa’s resolution and for promoting an awareness campaign to fight domestic violence,” Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. “Our victims need to know that they are not alone.”

Fernandez Rundle and advocates across the state are worried that victims might be unaware that shelters are available that limit exposure to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“As of May 4, shelters in our community are available and are all CDC compliant,” Fernandez Rundle said, referring to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the 11th Judicial Circuit, Fernandez Rundle’s “MOVES,” or Mobile Operations Victim Emergency Services program, is contacting victims to assess immediate needs, offer safety planning, and attempting video pre-file conferences “to ensure a stronger case when the matter goes to court,” according to the statement.

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