ECCAC receives proclamations for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April 11, 2017
Niceville and DeFuniak Springs (April 11, 2017)…National Child Abuse Prevention Month is in April. CEO Julie Hurst and President Bill Fletcher of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received proclamations for both their Centers in Niceville/Okaloosa County and DeFuniak Springs/Walton County recognizing child victims.
Okaloosa County Undersheriff Steve Harker and Niceville Police Officer Joe Whitfield presented their proclamation, and Defuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell and Walton County School Superintendent Russell Hughes presented theirs.
It is the non-profit organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse, protect child victims and restore their lives.  In ECCAC’s 17-year history, right at 11,000 children have received more than 43,000 services at no cost to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals. ECCAC raises 60% of their annual budget for the two Centers through special events, donations and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.
To more information about these programs, to volunteer, or for further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit or call (850) 833-9237, Ext. 283. If you suspect abuse, report it by calling the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.
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Kay Phelan