The Spring of Tampa Bay

Posted by on September 29, 2010 | Comments Off on The Spring of Tampa Bay

The Spring “Where Family Abuse Ends” is a fabulous facility that helps victims of abuse find refuge and security.  Their mission is to “Prevent Domestic Violence, Protect Victims, Promote Change in lives, families and communities.” They provide the following services:  24-hour crisis line, confidential/safe shelter, crisis intervention counseling, support groups, transitional housing, legal advocacy, and more.  Please call 247-SAFE for the 24 hour crisis line.

Domestic violence is the single leading cause of injury to women in this country.  The Spring has been providing sanctuary and care to more than 50,000 abused adults and their children since 1977.  This is Hillsborough County’s only certified domestic violence prevention and emergency shelter.

Some helpful information for you or anyone you may know who is in an abusive relationship are the 15 Warning Signs of Domestic Violence:

1.        A push for a quick relationship

2.       Jealous and possessive

3.       Tries to control your life

4.       Unrealistic expectations

5.       Isolates you from friends and family

6.       Makes everyone else responsible for his/her feelings

7.       Blames others for his/her problems and mistakes

8.       Says his/her feelings are easily hurt

9.       Cruel to animals and children

10.   “Playful” use of force during intercourse

11.   Yells and calls you names

12.   Sudden mood swings

13.   History of battering

14.   Threats of violence

15.   Threatens to reveal personal or damaging information about you or your family or employer

**If you are interested in donating items to the Spring, please contact Stephanie Ford at Simply Spring Thrift Store & Warehouse at (813) 247-5433 ext. 205**

**If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Spring, please contact Brenda Rouse at (813) 247-5433 ext. 325 or by email at bprouse@thespring.org**

*all above information courtesy of www.thespring.org*