Domestic-violence group scandal left human toll

Mar 5, 2020

In this 2004 file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush. Carr received $7.5 million in compensation during her final three years leading the agency. (Phil Coale / AP)

Last week, I was the only witness invited to address the House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee concerning the egregious misuse of public funds by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV)

Between 2006 and 2016, I served as the CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida. As I explained to the committee, in that role, I had the privilege of working with some of the most amazing advocates, both in our agency and in our community, who fought every day to keep women, men and families safe. It was the hardest job I’ve ever had but also the most fulfilling.

Despite our successes, we encountered roadblock after roadblock working within the system created by executive director Tiffany Carr and the FCADV, which was fraught with favoritism, retaliation and as we now know, corruption.

I watched in horror as FCADV became increasingly controlling, threatening and abusive to those who dared question how things ran or how money was being spent. Survivors were a means to keep policymakers in line — dare challenge them and you’d be branded “anti-woman.”

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