For Immediate Release:
For Media Inquiries Contact: Allie Bones, Chief Executive Officer
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
p: 602-279-2900 x416 c: 602-391-8690
Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Domestic Violence Victims during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
PHOENIX, AZ October 4th, 2017 – During the month of October, nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Lyft will partner with a local Arizona nonprofit, The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence as well as Maricopa County Centralized Screening to provide free and safe transportation to victims of domestic violence throughout the month.
Lyft will provide safe transportation for victims of domestic violence seeking services through Maricopa County Centralized Screening, a free 24/7 hotline that connects domestic violence survivors needing crisis shelter with a Maricopa County domestic violence program. Centralized Screening typically assists about 100 adults per month with domestic violence shelter with approximately 85% of those adults needing transportation to the domestic violence program.
“One of the greatest needs we hear from domestic violence programs is the need for safe, fast and reliable transportation for victims seeking services.” Allie Bones, CEO of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence states, “we’re thrilled to partner with Lyft and provide this much needed service during domestic violence awareness month. Domestic violence programs operate often with limited resources and the support from Lyft is greatly welcome.”
“Lyft is proud to partner with both The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and Maricopa County Centralized Screening to provide a safe and reliable transportation option to victims of domestic violence throughout the month of October – and beyond,” said Drena Kusari, Lyft General Manager, Southwest Region.
In addition to free rides provided to victims of domestic violence during October, Lyft will also offer codes the public may use during the month which will provide discounted rides and donations to be given to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Funds raised will go towards the Coalition’s Emergency Assistance Fund, supporting survivors with meeting financial barriers to safety.
By using the following codes “ENDVIOLENCE” and “ENDVIOLENCE17” users will benefit in the following ways:
ENDVIOLENCE – used for new users, offers $5 off 4 rides and for every first ride that new users take, Lyft will donate $10 to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
ENDVIOLENCE17 – for existing users, offers 20% off 2 rides throughout the month of October in the Phoenix metro area.
About the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is the designated dual issue coalition in Arizona addressing both sexual and domestic violence for over 35 years. Our purpose is to increase public awareness about the issues of sexual and domestic violence, enhance the safety of and services for sexual and domestic violence victims and survivors and end sexual and domestic violence in Arizona communities. We do this by providing education & training, technical assistance, advocating at the legislature in public policy as well as providing assistance to survivors and advocates through our Legal Advocacy Hotline.
About Centralized Screening
A New Leaf, the non-profit organization which operates Centralized Screening has been in operation for over 46 years. A New Leaf is focused on Health, Housing, and Community Services and has provided domestic violence services for over 30 years. Centralized Screening is the DV Hotline for Maricopa County, offering crisis intervention, safety planning and connection to community resources, including shelter. When shelter is identified as a need, transportation to shelter is usually one of the greatest barriers a victim of domestic violence faces. Teaming up with Lyft will help to significantly reduce this barrier. Centralized Screening takes approximately 350 calls per week and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 480-890-3039 or toll free 844-723-3387.
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available to 95 percent of the US population. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.
Help is available for anyone who has experienced sexual or domestic violence. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, consider calling 911. For more information or to talk to an advocate, please call the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline at 1-800-HOPE(4673), the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or the or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 1-800-782-6400.
Every year millions of Americans are unable to vote due because they missed the deadline to register, forgot to update their information, or aren’t sure how to register. We want to ensure all Arizona voters including survivors of sexual and domestic violence are ready to vote in the next election and that they remain safe. Join ACESDV by participating today:
Register to Vote
In order to vote in the next election you must be at least 18 years old by the date of the election, be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of the Arizona county listed on your registration, not currently be disqualified to vote due to a felony conviction, and not declared incompetent by a court. If you have recently moved, changed your name, or changed political parties you will need to re-register. You can check your registration through the Secretary of State by clicking here. To register to vote or update your information click here.
Consider Signing Up For Permanent Early Voting
You can sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) when you register to vote or by updating your voter registration.When you sign up for PEVL you will receive your ballot in the mail, which you can complete and return either by mail before the election or at your polling place on Election Day. For more information about PEVL contact your local County Recorder’s Office here.
Remember These Dates
Primary Election 2018: August 28, 2018
Deadline to Register – July 30, 2018
General Election 2018: November 6, 2018
Deadline to Register – October 9, 2018
Learn More About Arizona’s Address Confidentiality Program
Arizona’s Address Confidentiality Program allows survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking to use an alternative address other than their home in order to keep their location confidential. Survivors who utilize this program can also be registered to vote through it and keep their voter information protected. For more information about program eligibility and how to register to vote through this program is available here.
Share on Social Media
Already registered to vote? Post on social media about why voting is important to you and encourage friends to register to vote today. Use the hashtag #NationalVoterRegistrationDay to join the conversation and help promote activities in your community.
For more information about voting in Arizona click here.
Every day during the 31 days of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the ACESDV will be posting on social media in both English and Spanish. Please feel free to use these facts and information as you please and follow along on each day.
The Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill was introduced to the U.S. Senate on Monday in yet another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This proposed legislation:
- Ends Medicaid expansion, stripping coverage from 11 million low-income Americans
- Turns federal funding for Medicaid expansion and the subsidies into a block grant program only through 2026
- Cuts coverage for low-income seniors, children, and people with disabilities by 7% by 2026
- Ends Federal protections on pre-existing conditions, lifetime limits, and coverage for essential benefits, allowing carriers to charge more based on medical history
- Raises the costs of premiums by an estimated 20% by 2018
- Costs Arizona $1.6 billion by 2026
While the Senate has so far been unsuccessful in passing a repeal of the ACA, the pressure is on to pass this measure. The Senate only needs 50 votes by September 30th before they lose their ability to pass it by party-line vote.
We know you have made a lot of calls to protect the ACA and your efforts have been an incredible success. We have stopped every other attempt to repeal the ACA. Keep up the momentum and tell Senators Flake and McCain to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill.
Click here to contact Senator Flake and Senator McCain via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Or call them directly at:
Senator Flake: (202) 224-4521
Senator McCain: (202) 224-2235
Today the Trump Administration put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) which will have a devastating impact on the over 27,000 young people who have accessed the program here in Arizona.
Dreamers are a valuable part of our community. We need to stand with the Latinx community at this time and work towards a solution that will protect them.
4 Things You Can Do to Support Dreamers
- Continue sharing information on social media and lifting up the stories of Dreamers
- Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to Pass the Dream Act NOW!
Representative Tom O’Halleran – 202-225-3361
Representative Martha McSally – 202-255-2542
Representative Raul Grijalva – 202-225-2453
Representative Paul Gosar – 202-225-2315
Representative Andy Biggs – 202-225-2635
Representative David Schweikert – 202-225-2190
Representative Ruben Gallego -202-225-4065
Representative Trent Franks – 202-225-4576
Representative Kyrsten Sinema – 202-225-9888
Senator Jeff Flake – 202-224-4521
Senator John McCain – 202-224-2235
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) offers our deepest condolences to the family of Heather Heyer and those who were harmed due to the violent actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. We condemn attitudes and behaviors that devalue human rights and dignity and which diminish safety and equity among all people. We are committed to confronting the roots of violence and oppression within ourselves, and within economic, social and political systems. We recognize our nation’s history of racism, colonialism and genocide. This history contributes to a culture in which certain people are denied respect, safety, and equal opportunity based on their identities, including but not limited to their race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability. This divides our country, fractures our communities and denies people the freedom to be whole human beings. We stand in solidarity with people of color and all those who experience injustice and discrimination.
Now more than ever, we must unite to oppose oppressive, hateful and violent ideals and build safe, inclusive and loving communities. ACESDV will continue to hold ourselves accountable by challenging white privilege and engaging in conversations about racial justice within our organization, as well as with our friends, family and community.
We affirm our dedication to dismantling oppression and promoting equity among all people. Read ACESDV’s Guiding Principles here.
Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 5:10pm
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
|Join the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and community supporters at Chase Field to watch an exciting game as the Dbacks take on the San Francisco Giants. Purchase tickets as well as a special sexual and domestic violence awareness t-shirt, a portion of the proceeds supports efforts to raise awareness about the issues of sexual and domestic violence in our state.
Come join ACESDV in a pre-game on-field gathering to show your support of survivors, their families and programs that serve them and then enjoy watching the Dbacks win!
Be sure to wear your throwback D-backs purple and teal, which are also the colors that bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault, or a Coalition tee (pictured below) to support the Dbacks and ACESDV.
All are welcome to join ACESDV on the field pre-game, meet us at 4:00pm at the ramp located by Section 110/Gate J.
4:00 pm: Meet by the ramp Section 110/Gate J to go out on the field
5:10 pm: First Pitch
Fitted Crew Neck:
Unisex Crew Neck:
If you would like to sit with ACESDV staff and supporters (who will be seated in the Lower Level Bullpen Reserve Section 107-108), please contact Christa by August 16, emailing her here.
Spread the word, invite others through our facebook event and get your tickets TODAY!
A heartfelt thank you to the Diamondbacks for their continued support.
ACTION ALERT: Tell Arizona Senators McCain and Flake to Vote NO on the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act!
Last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and puts victims of domestic violence at serious risk. Yesterday, the Senate introduced a similar bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that is even worse.
The Senate’s bill will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), strip coverage for millions of Americans, revoke Medicaid expansion, and completely de-fund reproductive healthcare providers, including Planned Parenthood. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence rely on these provisions to receive the care they need.
This bill is not subject to filibuster and requires a simple majority to pass the Senate, before moving directly to the President for his signature. This is our last chance to protect healthcare for millions of Americans, including 465,200 Arizonans.
Contact Senators McCain and Flake NOW and tell them to vote NO on this bill.
Senator Flake – Washington Office – (202) 224-4521
Senator McCain – Washington Office – (202) 224-2235
Here is a sample script when you call:
Hello, I’m calling to ask Senator McCain/Flake to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This bill significantly reduces access to low-income victims of domestic and sexual violence living in Arizona.
Insurance plans will be able to charge more for pre-existing conditions, including those caused by abuse.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act would also repeal the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona, which many survivors rely on. Our state cannot afford to cover these costs on our own, and as a result thousands of people will lose their coverage. Access to healthcare is a vital part of a survivor’s safety and recovery. I urge the Senator to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and to protect healthcare for all Arizonans.
The following statement in response to donations made by political campaigns to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (ACESDV) should be attributed to ACESDV.
The ACESDV is committed to ending sexual and domestic violence in Arizona by dismantling oppression and promoting equity among all people. We take our work with coalition members and service providers very serious, and the support we provide to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence is our number one priority.
Recently, the ACESDV accepted charitable donations from multiple political campaigns that received contributions from Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the founders of backpage.com. Lacey and Larkin have been criminally charged with their roles in facilitating the sex trafficking of minors via Backpage.
We neither sought out these donations nor did they come to us directly from backpage.com or its founders. The donations were made from campaigns where original intent of the money was to further the purposes of backpage.com; by diverting the funds to a non-profit like ACESDV, the campaigns are ensuring that doesn’t happen and that instead the funds are put to a use that will be contrary to their original purpose.
The ACESDV is uniquely positioned to do this. We plan to use these funds to broaden our prevention and awareness efforts around sexual violence and sex trafficking in our state. Specifically, we will use these funds to support an awareness campaign specifically targeting those most at risk of being victimized and exploited: youth of color, Native American youth, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals who are undocumented. Our work stretches all across Arizona, from rural to urban communities, and as a statewide non-profit organization that depends on donations, we do not have the privilege of refusing funding that enables the turning of a wrong into a right.
We look forward to working with our community partners, leaders, and others who share the urgency we have to meaningfully address the issue of sexual violence, including trafficking, especially among our most vulnerable communities.