Best Of 2007

BEST SANCTUARY: The Spring of Tampa Bay

With approximately 10,000 incidents of domestic violence in Hillsborough County each year, it’s a good thing residents have The Spring of Tampa Bay. The largest of Florida’s 41 domestic violence shelters, and the only one in Hillsborough County, The Spring has provided sanctuary and services to more than 30,000 abused adults and their children since 1977. In addition to a 103-bed shelter (including four beds for battered men), an on-site public school and a 24-hour hotline, The Spring also offers prevention programs for teenagers and a juvenile offender program. If you ever find yourself in an abusive relationship, know The Spring’s doors are always open. 813-247-SAFE, thespring.org.