ANNUAL REPORT FOR SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE RESOURCE CENTER
1994-95 AGENCY HIGHLIGHTS
The Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center (SPARC) has been a
Certified Domestic Violence Center since 1978. It presently serves
four counties within HRS District III. The basic services for the
center were expanded this year to include Batterer's Treatment
Program for our service delivery area. The Center provides the
services required by HRS as a Certified Center and this year's
monitoring was successfully completed with no corrections or
changes needed. The thirty bed shelter facility was redecorated and
some repairs done to part of the house to make it more
accommodating to our clients. We moved our administrative offices
into larger space to accommodate the growing staff and a need to
have handicap accessible space for our support groups.
A concerted effort has been made in the past year to develop
stronger networks within our four counties. Small steps were taken
to develop relationships within each county, as it seem
appropriate. Initial steps were taken to just provide information
as to our services to strategic persons within each county.
Information packets were mailed to designated persons from law
enforcement, schools, churches, and legal entities within each
county updating them on the services at SPARC. Information was
given to these agencies about our ability to provide free
professional education, community education and inservice training
as part of our service as a Domestic Violence Center.
As a result of these efforts and personal contacts, many activities
have been initiated: training programs for law enforcement
personnel has been held in all four counties, church and
professional inservices and inservices to civic groups have been
The greatest growth has been in the county of Bradford, where a
very active task force has been established along with services
that will enhance the continuum of services already an integral
part of the system. The Domestic Violence Task Force meets monthly
with a variety of representatives to discuss how to improve
services to these communities since the incidents of violent crimes
had increased. We have begun this year working with the school
board and developed curriculum to implement in the schools using
counselors and school resource officers. In Bradford County we work
directly with the Victim Advocate in the State Attorney's office
and have provided training law enforcement, court and community
agencies. Recent changes in the services to rape victims in this
area has led to a request to use our hotline for counseling calls
as well as our shelter for the victims should the need arise. This
program has been developed for Putnam county as well.
By training a cadre of volunteers from the area SPARC was able to
enhance the resources in the community and build services that were
needed immediately. Rather than start a shelter in Bradford, the
emphasis has been to use the main shelter in Gainesville and build
resources to help victims locally through support groups, batterer
treatment programs and temporary shelter utilizing the Debby
Program model to facilitate immediate housing for safety. A
Domestic Violence Awareness Program was held with over 100 people
Putnam County services have increased too. We became a United Way
agency and initiated support group services in the community.
Recent examples of services include requests for housing for rape
victims,contact with medical facilities for emergency shelter of
injured victims of domestic violence and regular transportation of
clients from Putnam County to Alachua County for shelter, training
of law enforcement officers, development of materials in Spanish
for non-english speaking clients for use by law enforcement. We are
presently working with a local group, Helping Hands to develop more
comprehensive services and help this group achieve their goal of
having their own shelter. In all, service to the areas in and
around Putnam County have increased and a better communication link
has been established.
Putnam County Law Enforcement Council requested training and this
resulted in the revision of their domestic violence information
packet and procedures for responding to domestic violence calls.
It has take some time to develop the program of SPARC to the point
that we could branch out and develop services in the outlying
counties more directly, but our relationship with the State
Attorney's Victim Advocate Program in our four county'area has
served to enable our growth and potential for future program
development. We meet regularly with representatives in the four
county area to discuss ways we can facilitate the outlying area and
give better service to victims.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
For the third year in a row, each of our counties showed an
increase in reported domestic violence incidences which in turn
reflected directly in participation in our programs and services.
We provide the following victim services. They are free and all
available to all clients in barrier free environments.
24 hour hotline
Emergency Food and Clothing
Enrollment of children in school
Referrals to housing, legal aid. jobs
and financial aid, medical care and food stamps
Court and State Attorney Advocacy Programs
Individual and group counseling for clients
Our materials at the shelter are translated into Spanish and Korean
We have staff and volunteers that can speak Spanish and Russian.
Our program serves women of all ages and cultures and we have
volunteer legal assistance for immigrant women. We have on-call
medical consults with physicians from a local hospital to assist in
the on site medical problems that arise in shelter.
The statistical report is attached.
Budget FY 1994-95
Client Fees $ 1,087 Personnel $193,057
Contributions 35,078 Travel 7,997
Grants 301,747 Space 11,040
Fundraisers 31.544 Postage 1,988
Interest 3,072 Telephone 13,556
Misc. 428 Utilities 7,758
Client Expense 5,255
We have two major events each year our Domestic Violence Awareness
Luncheon and a reception. Our fundraiser this year was a Golf
Tournament. The board of directors is responsible for the
fundraiser and the reception and staff coordinates the luncheon.
Organizational chart is attached. We presently have 15 staff
Their job titles are Executive Director, Administrative Assistant,
Bookkeeper, Shelter Services Coordinator, Case Manager, Outreach
Development Coordinator, Shelter Assistants (4) Relief Shelter
Assistants (2),two VOCA funded positions for our court advocacy
program and a facilitator for the Batterer's Intervention Program
The Shelter Services Coordinator organizes the shelter services,
staff coverage of the shelter and coordinates with other service
Shelter assistants and relief shelter assistants provide coverage
of the shelter and hotline.
The Case Manager is in charge of services for clients and their
children at the shelter, coordinatina the support aroup services
and the advocacy program at the State Attorney's office.
The Outreach coordinator develops programs for clients, recruits
and trains volunteers, develops and coordinates speaker's bureau
and serves as liaison to our four county service area.
The Court Advocacy positions are new for the 1995-1996 fiscal year
and provide assistance to victims in obtaining permanent
The facilitator of our Batterer's Intervention program provides the
program for Batterer's and does the intake orientation and
assessment of all batterer's referred to our program
Our community relationships are highly integrated with the service
providers in each of our four counties.For example, we meet
regularly with the emergency service providers in Alachua County to
assure that services are not duplicated and are well coordinated,
victim service providers meet monthly to work on issues and
problems related to service delivery, membership on a Domestic
Violence Task Force in two of our four counties, provides us with
access to others in the system that are working with are victims
and maintaining the open lines of communication that are necessary.
We participate in other committees and groups on a regular basis -
Commission on the Status of Women/Sexual Battery Committee,
Affordable Housing Committee, and Homeless Coalition are groups
that we interface with to enhance services to our victims.
We have interagency agreements with all of our law enforcement
agencies, the State Attorney's office, and The Corner Drug Store,
our drug education center and our County Crisis center.
drug education center,