Each year thousands of women, men, and children in Florida are impacted by domestic violence.

Throughout October, the office of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by heightening awareness of their services to help protect the individuals affected by domestic violence issues.

“The safety of individuals seeking protection from domestic violence will always be a top priority for our office and all clerks of court throughout Florida,” Clerk Angel Colonneso said.