The Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) is a private, non-profit organization that was incorporated on May 2, 1983. CASA began with local volunteers with a mission to empower victims of domestic violence to become independent. CASA’s service area is
CASA began with a 24-hour hotline to assist victims of domestic violence and rape. The program operated with volunteers trained for crisis intervention pursuant to domestic violence, rape, and child molestation. Efforts were productive in acquiring support services with local law enforcement agencies, the legal system and the mental health facility.
In 1985, a temporary building was used for emergency shelter services. A residential facility was purchased in 1989 to service as an emergency shelter and safe house for CASA. An expansion to this facility occurred in 1990 that increased the shelter capacity to 16 beds.
Revenue from the Marriage License Trust Fund was received from the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) in1989. This influx of funding made it possible to expand the emergency shelter and to add paid staff positions. CASA could now augment services provided by volunteers and assure the continuity and the stability of its programs. An outreach office was also established. This would allow survivors of domestic violence to continue counseling through groups and individual counseling, and they would be able to meet with advocates on a regular basis.
Over time, CASA received funding from the
In 2005, CASA received a grant from State of