Domestic violence is something that no community is immune to and sadly often goes unreported. Studies indicate that on average, every minute 20 people experience some form of domestic violence in the United States. Domestic violence comes in many forms and can vary dramatically. Whether it’s through deliberate intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or other abusive behaviors, no one deserves to be a victim and agencies like the Center for Abuse in Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure that those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence have access to the appropriate services they need to become survivors.

C.A.R.E helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes in Charlotte County by providing them with safe and confidential access to services and shelter. C.A.R.E. works to create safety and awareness in our community by helping survivors and by promoting non-violent and healthy relationships through education and training.

C.A.R.E.’s services are available 365 days a year, and include a 24-hour crisis hotline, a safe haven shelter, hospital response advocacy, criminal justice services at the State Attorney’s Office, civil legal assistance, domestic violence and sexual assault support groups for survivors, an economic empowerment program, Green Dot active bystander training, and more. All services are free and confidential.

Satellite Locations:

* Englewood Outreach Office
6868 San Casa Blvd, Englewood 34224

* Criminal Justice Services
350 East Marion Ave., 2nd floor, Punta Gorda 33950

* Port Charlotte Town Center Mall (inside the CCSO office)
Holin1441 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

C.A.R.E. also has two ReUse Stores that are open to the public and are a community effort designed to improve the quality of life in Charlotte County by promoting the “re-use” of usable items as an alternative to them ending up in a landfill, while simultaneously assisting the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. For more information about C.A.R.E. or to find out ways that you can help. Please visit their website at

ReUse – Port Charlotte
19675 Kenilworth Boulevard, Port Charlotte 33954

ReUse- Englewood
7070 Environmental Way, Englewood 34224

Contact Us:
Domestic Violence Hotline: (941) 627-6000
Sexual Assault Helpline: (941) 637-0404
Main Office: (941) 639-5499