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Initiatives
Initiatives

Initiatives

The Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup has several annual events that serve the community along with monthly events and workshops. Here are a few of the events and initiative, if you would like to sponsor an event please contact¬† Monica at monica@breakthesilenceonviolence.org or call (352) 438-5990

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Childhood Awareness Month

Child Abuse Month occurs during the month of April. Child Abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

What is Child Abuse?
Child Abuse occurs when somebody or a situation threatens the survival, security or the development of a child.

Child Abuse can be Physical, Sexual, Neglect or even Domestic Violence in the family environment.

Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, 30% more likely to commit a violent crime. For more information please visit our Child Abuse page

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Awareness Month is held during the month of February. Teen Dating Violence happens when one person uses a pattern of behavior to gain power and control over the other person.

Dating Violence is often hidden because teenagers typically are inexperienced with dating
relationships, they are pressured by peers to act violently or they may have romantic views of love.
The violence is influenced by how teenagers look at themselves and others.

To learn more about Teen Dating Violence visit the Teen Dating page, for downloads visit
our Resources page. To schedule a presentation on Teen Dating Violence please Contact Us.

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16th Annual Back 2 School

Saturday, July 27, 2019  10:00am – 1:00pm
Ed Croskey Center 1510 N.W. 4th St. Ocala, FL 34475 

We are seeking sponsors and donations of school supplies for our next event.
For details on sponsorship levels or to pay online go to Eventbrite or you can call (352) 438-5590 for more information.

Sponsored By: Marion County Children’s Alliance, Community Legal Services of Mid Florida, Inc. and the City of Ocala.

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2019 Night of Hope

Thursday September 26th, 2019 The Night of Hope is a celebration to honor the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Dinner will be served and entertainment for your pleasure, there will be testimonials to be shared and a keynote speaker. Door prizes and vendors will part of this event.

Event will take place at the College of Central Florida Tickets are $35.00 per person. Registration will be through Eventbrite and ticket purchase, to sponsor a survivor, to sponsor a gift basket or to become a business sponsor. Free childcare for children 2 years old or older. Call (352)438-5990 to reserve space Download Flyer  Download Basket Flyer  see Forms

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Conqueror Award

Conqueror Nomination Online Form

Conqueror Award Online Submission

The Marion County Children's Alliance - Family Violence Prevention Workgroup is pleased to present it's annual Night of Hope on Thursday, September 26, 2019 honoring Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence as well as advocates for the amazing work they do. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Conqueror Award designed to recognize two outstanding survivors in our community that have overcome challenges and flourished despite their circumstance and we need your help.

If you work in domestic violence field, are a community supporter or know someone who is, please nominate those individuals for this award.

Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:
-Must be a resident of Marion County
-Must be a survivor of Domestic Violence
-Must be making a positive impact by speaking out against Domestic Violence
-Must have made positive change in their lives
-Helped implement solutions to address Domestic Violence in Ocala/Marion County

Conqueror Awardees receive two complimentary tickets to attend the Night of Hope plus a complete makeover (hair, makeup, outfit) and their story will be shared at the event.

Are you will to share your story at the Night of Hope *
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2019 “Wear your Wings” Domestic Violence Walk – Signup

2019 “Wear Your Wings” Domestic Violence Walk Saturday September 5, 2019
Registration starts at 7am Walk start at 8:00 am at the Ocala Police Department.
Create a team – Get a sponsor. Individuals donate shoe size, ex. Shoe size 8 – donate $8
*minimum donation of $8 to receive Free T-shirt.

Do your part to show your support and join us this September. Register through Eventbrite.
Download the Flyer – Get the Forms

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19th Annual Break the Silence On Violence Conference

Friday October 11, 2019 College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center

Keynote Speakers: Alan Wilkett – Corporal wth the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office 
L.Y. Marlow – Founder of the national non-profit Saving Promise

There will be substance abuse and domestic violence tracks.
Registration is through Eventbrite for more information call (352) 438-5990
Cost: $25 per person

Download the Flyer  Download Conference Registration Form

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Holiday Toy Drive and Christmas Parade

Donate an unwrapped gift for a child under 18 at one of the following locations:
Marion County Children’s Alliance, Ocala Police Department, Sheriff’s Office or at Paddock Mall.

Fill the Sleigh will occur during the Ocala Christmas Parade Look for the Marion County Children’s Alliance Sleigh and donate an unwrapped toy to one of our volunteers and they will place into the sleigh for you. The Ocala Christmas Parade happens the second Saturday of the Month. See you there.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping at Paddock Mall

From December 9 through December 24 have your gifts wrapped by the volunteers of the Family Violence Prevention Workgroup at Paddock Mall.

All proceeds will go to Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup

Volunteers are greatly appreciated please call (352) 438-5990 to get your name on the list.