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Supporting domestic violence survivors in Florida during COVID-19

May 6, 2020 / Florida

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our community, stay-at-home orders have created unintended challenges for some of the most vulnerable among us, including victims of domestic violence. Many are facing increased risk, and are left with few safe options to access resources, seek help, or plan an exit. 

Experts have reported a surge in domestic violence globally in the last few weeks, and as demand increases, many shelters and service providers are seeking urgent assistance.

That’s why we are partnering with domestic violence organizations and local governments to provide rides to shelters and safe spaces in Orlando, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. This is part of our pledge to provide 10 million free rides and food deliveries to those who need them most during this unprecedented time. 

In Florida, we’re working with Attorney General Ashley Moody to expand longstanding partnerships and initiate new ones with incredible organizations like The Spring Tampa Bay, CASA St. Pete, and Harbor House of Central Florida. We’re extremely grateful for their tireless efforts to support our communities during this time. 

Uber is committed to women’s safety both on our app and in the communities that we serve. Over the past several years, we’ve partnered with leading gender-based violence organizations globally on awareness, education and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence. We’ve also taken important steps such as publishing the industry’s first-ever safety report to drive accountability and improve safety for Uber and the entire industry.