Florida officials are using a $10 million grant to add 278 new beds for domestic violence victims across the state. The beds will allow workers to help an additional 2,200 domestic violence survivors and their children each year.
The $10 million will be split among 11 certified domestic violence centers in Florida. DCF officials said there were 108,046 cases of domestic violence reported to Florida law enforcement in 2012.
The Department of Children and Families credited Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Wednesday for signing legislation to approve the grant. The agency said Attorney General Pam Bondi helped secure the money from the National Mortgage Settlement.