Domestic Violence Survivors Benefit from $15 Million Investment

October 2022

Video: Domestic Violence Survivor Story

Domestic violence, in the form of physical, sexual, emotional, and financial control and abuse, affects the family and the community- sometimes with consequences spanning generations. According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV):

  • Every year, approximately 100 Arizonans will lose their lives in domestic violence-related incidents.
  • More than 40% of domestic violence abuse victims delay leaving a dangerous situation because they are worried about the safety of their pet.
  • Individuals who witnessed intimate partner violence as children are more likely to become either victims or perpetrators of intimate partner violence.
  • The most dangerous time during a domestic violence relationship is when a survivor tries to leave.

To ensure that there are ample support services and safe places available for survivors, Maricopa County made a $15 million investment in 2021.

Throughout the last year, the funding provided by Maricopa County has facilitated meaningful change by bringing many of the support services, that were traditionally only accessible in shelters, into the community. This evolution has allowed the system to keep pace with the changes needs of survivors by making resources more widely available. In partnership with ACESDV, this progress includes providing services to more than 31,913 families impacted by domestic and sexual violence, including:

  • Emergency shelter and transitional housing to more than 1,967 individuals/families
  • Legal assistance to more than 841 individuals/families
  • Financial assistance to more than 133 individuals/families
  • Trauma-informed counseling to more than 211 individuals/families
  • Community-based employment and childcare services to more than 24,712 individuals/families

Arizonans in need of help to leave their situation, heal from the effects of sexual or domestic violence, or secure help for someone at risk can call the Arizona Sexual and Domestic Violence Helpline Monday through Friday at (602) 279–2980 or text (520) 720–3383 or visit ACESDV.org/Helpline. Help is also available nationwide:

  • 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800–799-SAFE (7233)
  • 24 Hour National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800–656-HOPE (4673)
  • 24 Hour National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888–373–7888

About Maricopa County Human Services

The Maricopa County Human Services Department (HSD) builds resiliency in the community and promotes the well-being of County residents experiencing adversity through a variety of programs and services to help people and families thrive. These opportunities include early childhood education, housing, homeownership, independent living services for seniors and adults with disabilities, career development for job seekers, workforce development services for businesses, and support for people experiencing homelessness. HSD is committed to delivering innovative, equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive services in a collaborative approach that preserves dignity, promotes respect, and facilitates social and economic mobility. Learn more about the financial, educational, and support resources available to Maricopa County residents at Maricopa.gov/HSD.

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