Kudos and kicks: Domestic violence was up, even before pandemic and quarantine – Naples Daily News


We continued to be plagued by domestic violence.

Even before the pandemic and associated quarantine, which experts fear may have produced a spike in incidents that is not yet fully documented, Collier County had seen in increase in abuse.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Collier County had 39 more domestic violence offenses in 2019 than 2018, including one murder, 41 forcible rapes and 228 aggravated assaults.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Linda Oberhaus, CEO of Collier County’s Shelter for Abused Women & Children, reminds us that domestic violence crosses all age, ethnic, economic, and geographic boundaries.

On Tuesday, Collier County commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing the October designation. “The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy, dignity, security and humanity due to systemic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse,” the proclamation reads, in part.

If you know someone affected by domestic violence, call The Shelter’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 239-775-1101. For more information on how to recognize and act on the signs of domestic violence, go online to naplesshelter.org/help

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Kudos to the Village of Estero.

The town is making personal protective equipment available to residents for free on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Using federal CARES grant money, city officials will give out reusable shopping bags filled with an N95 mask made in the USA, a reusable mask with the Village of Estero logo and a hand sanitizer bottle.

The distribution will take place from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m., at Goodwill Industries, 10351 Corkscrew Commons Drive and ​Estero United Methodist Church, 8088 Lord’s Way at the corner of U.S. 41 and Broadway.

The items are meant to encourage mask and hand sanitizer use during the continuing COVID pandemic, according to a news release from the village.


Kudos to the Lee County library system.

It was recognized as one of six exceptional employers in the state by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Exceptional Employer Awards are presented to companies that have a strong commitment to employing and retaining people with unique abilities.

“I look forward to seeing how these businesses and individuals continue to accomplish their goals while helping make our state an even better place to live, learn and work for people with unique abilities and all Floridians,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement.


State Sen. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, has a unique way of recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.

She has singled out devil crab, a recipe made popular, as a statement from Cruz’s office describes: “Devil Crab has a storied history in the City of Tampa. Its origins date back to a cigar factory strike during 1920. It became a lifeline to those on strike because of its handheld nature (it could be eaten while picketing) and the affordability and availability of its two main ingredients—Blue Crab and Cuban bread. The strike ended after ten months, but the Devil Crab remained.

“This is not exclusively a delicate mix of crab meat that is breaded and fried, there’s symbolism mixed in as well. It serves as a reminder of the determined, impoverished, immigrant factory worker from so long ago,” the statement reads.

Cruz is also considering legislation naming the blue crab as the official state crustacean. You’re probably wondering how the state has gotten by without an official state crustacean for all these years, but that’s a topic for another day.

(Brent Batten wrote this for the Naples Daily News editorial board.)