Continuing with a yearly tradition, the Pinellas Clerk’s office led with their hearts and collected a grand total of $5,744.75 through the sale of t-shirts, gift basket raffle tickets and donations during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The monetary donation was divided between CASA and the Haven to further their lifesaving efforts in the county. Canned and nonperishable items were also collected as part of the effort and split between the organizations.
A small ceremony was held at the Clerk’s Downtown Clearwater office to present the checks to representatives from each organization. “We wanted to do our part to help those in need and raise awareness in the community of the many resources our office provides domestic violence victims,” said Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. “COVID-19 has increased the time many people spend at home and if it’s not safe due to domestic violence, our office is here to help along with many community resources and agencies.”
The Clerk’s office processes petitions for domestic violence injunctions, commonly called restraining orders, for those seeking help from domestic violence, dating violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, and stalking. For information and resources available to domestic violence survivors, please visit the Clerk’s website at www.mypinellasclerk.org or call the Clerk’s Customer Information Center at (727) 464-7000.