Jacksons Gift of Peace

Jacksons Food Stores Join Arizona in the Fight Against Domestic Violence 

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On Thanksgiving Day, Jacksons Food Stores and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence will launch the “Give the Gift of Peace campaign, a holiday season campaign that runs through December 25th to raise funds for the prevention of domestic violence.  Two thousand fifteen marks  the 12 year anniversary of the campaign throughout the West. Contributions can be made in increments of $1, $5, or $10. At the end of the campaign, Jacksons Chief Executive Officer, John Jackson, will match Jacksons Food Stores customer contributions dollar for dollar up to $75,000, with all the proceeds going to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence.

Last year was the first year of the campaign in Arizona. Arizona Jacksons Food Stores customers contributed nearly $4,000, resulting in almost $8,000 in donations for the state, including Jacksons’ dollar for dollar match contribution.

Jacksons Food Stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada will also participate in the campaign, and proceeds will go toward coalitions against domestic violence in the respective states. Since the inception of the “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign, over $1,030,000 has been raised through this program to help end violence against women and girls and assist individuals who have experienced domestic violence.
For media inquiries, contact Allie Bones, MSW at (602) 279-2900 ext. 416 or allie@acesdv.org, or Katrina Lemmon from Jacksons Food Stores at 208-888-3585 or katrina.lemmon@jacksons.com.



Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving encourages philanthropy and to celebrates generosity worldwide.

Click here to donate to ACESDV for #GivingTuesday!


Fry’s Community Rewards


Did you know you can support ACESDV just by shopping at Fry’s? It’s easy when you enroll in Fry’s Community Rewards. To get started, sign up with your VIP Card via the instructions below, and select our organization to support. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence every time you shop and use your VIP Card. Thank you for those who are already shopping at Fry’s in support of our organization!

STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account

**NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to Step 2

  1. Go to http://www.frysfood.com/
  2. Select ‘Register’.
  3. Under Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write down your email & password-will need it in step 2)
  4. Select ‘Use Card Number’.
  5. Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.
  6. Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code.
  7. Select ‘Find Stores’.
  8. Choose your store then select ‘Create Account’.
  9. You will then be prompted to check your email for a confirmation email. Click the hyperlink in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account.
  10. Continue to step #2 to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.

STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

  1. Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/new-community-rewards-program
  2. Select ‘Sign-In’.
  3. Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)
  4. Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu.
  5. Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
  6. Under Find Your Organization: Enter 79831 or Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence then select ‘search’.
  7. Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization
  8. Then select ‘save changes’.
  9. If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Protect Victim Services Funding!

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Protect Victim Services FundingCongress is quickly working to pass a budget and while the compromise budget deal has aspects that will benefit vulnerable populations, it has put funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) at risk. 

VOCA is a non-taxpayer-generated funding stream which is dedicated to providing direct services to victims of crime. The current budget deal seeks to remove $1.5 billion out of the overall VOCA fund. The result of lead to less funding availability in upcoming years, including FY 2016. This cut to services will be devastating to many of the new and existing victim services that are funded through VOCA. 

We urge you to contact your Members of Congress today and tell them “Don’t Cut VOCA.”

Contact your Senator and Representative TODAY and tell them: 

  1. Don’t cut VOCA! 
  2. VOCA funds lifesaving direct victim services such as shelter, sexual assault services, legal assistance, counselling, etc.
  3. The increase in VOCA funds in 2015 allows sexual and domestic violence programs to reach victims who have not had access to services in the past. 
  4. If VOCA funding is cut, it will roll back the progress made to serve all victims of crime. It will have a devastating impact on victims and victim services program across Arizona and the country.  Programs will have to reduce the number of victims served, reduce or eliminate victim services programs, and/or cut staff positions and wages.  
  5. All victims of crime in Arizona are counting on sustained VOCA funds to support them during their time of need. 

Here are the numbers to contact your Members of Congress directly: 

Congressional District 1 – Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick – 202-225-3361

Congressional District 2 – Congresswoman Martha McSally – 202-225-2542

Congressional District 3 – Congressman Raul Grijalva – 202-225-2435

Congressional District 4 – Congressman Paul Gosar – 202-225-2315

Congressional District 5 – Congressman Matt Salmon – 202-225-2635

Congressional District 6 – Congressman David Schweikert – 202-225-4065

Congressional District 7 – Congressman Ruben Gallego – 202-225-4065

Congressional District 8 – Congressman Trent Franks – 202-225-4567

Congressional District 9 – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema – 202-225-9888

Senator John McCain – 202-224-2235

Senator Jeff Flake – 202-224-4521

To find your member of Congress, click here and enter your zip code. 

If you prefer to contact them via e-mail, you can find the Senate e-mail addresses here and the House of Representatives here.

Congress needs to hear from you today! 

Keep the conversation going on Twitter by using the hashtag #DontCutVOCA 

Thank you for your advocacy



This month alone – Domestic Violence Awareness Month — 11 Arizonans have thus far died as a result of domestic violence. While we honor those most recently who lost their lives in Arizona, we have lost a total of 88, 11 of those being children, so far this year in 2015#DontLookAway and know how to help end domestic violence.

What can you do?


National Voter Registration Day!

VR51Today is National Voter Registration Day and The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is joining non-profits from across the state to encourage Arizonans to register to vote for the first time or update voter registration information so it is current for the 2016 election.

Nonprofits play a vital role in voter engagement and now it’s more important than ever to engage individuals in the voting process to make Arizona’s future even brighter. Often the populations nonprofits work with are underrepresented when it comes to voter participation, which is why it’s important to encourage those to use their voice and exercise their right to vote. This year more than 1,200 nonprofits from all across the country will be joining this effort to encourage and empower individuals to vote.

Right now the 2016 Election may seem far away but it’s going to be upon us fairly quick so here is some important information you need to know about the upcoming election and how you can engage others in the election process.

To register to vote or update voter information in Arizona visit:  https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage 

Voting can be done easily and from home if you sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). By signing up for the PEVL, it ensures that your ballot will be mailed to you and you will be alerted of all National, State, and Local elections. To sign up for the PEVL you can do that through Service Arizona when you register to vote. If you are already registered to vote but are not signed up for PEVL you need to contact the County Recorder in the county you are currently registered to vote in to be signed up.

Next year is a big election year Nationally and here in Arizona. In addition to it being a Presidential election candidates vying for State Senate and the House of Representatives will also be on the ballot.

Important dates to know in order to be eligible to vote in those elections:

2016 Primary Election – August 30th, 2016

You must be registered to vote by August 1st to vote in the Primary.

2016 General Election – November 8th, 2016

You must be registered to vote by October 10th to vote in the Primary.

Registered Independents can vote in the Primary Election. If you are a registered Independent who votes by mail and you do not receive notification from the County on requesting a party ballot for the primary, contact the County Recorder in the county you are registered to vote in.

To ensure you do not miss any of these dates and are eligible to vote the simplest thing to do is to register to vote today!

If you are a survivor of sexual and/or domestic violence and have safety concerns around registering to vote we have put together a simple fact sheet in English and Spanish on how to safely participate in the voting process. It is recommended that you also speak to a legal advocate to discuss a safety plan and how to safely register to vote.

If you are a nonprofit there are several ways you can help make a difference Today. The first is that if you work with a vulnerable population, support them by informing them about the importance of voting and demonstrate how to register to vote as described in this letter. You can also talk to coworkers, volunteers and others associated with your organization and encourage them to register to vote too.

For more information about National Voter Registration Day please visit:


If you have questions, please contact the ACESDV Public Policy Department at 602-279-2900.

The Legal Advocacy Hotline has openings for volunteers and interns!

Volunteer, Service Learning and Internship Opportunities:

ACESDV is currently seeking volunteers and interns for the Legal Advocacy Hotline. The Legal Advocacy Hotline provides information and support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and technical assistance to professionals. Responsibilities and opportunities:

  • Assist the Lay Legal Advocacy Hotline, which provides information and answers questions related to navigating the legal system, legal rights, resource and referral, and safety planning.
    • Data Entry
    • Legal Advocacy Hotline Advocates
    • Research
    • Supportive Projects
  • Committee involvement
    • Legal Committee

For more information please contact Merri at merri@acesdv.org or 602-279-2900 ext. 405.

Press Release: Coaching UP July 10, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Perez (602)930-2182
July 8, 2015

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ARIZONA FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN and ARIZONA COALITION TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE announce groundbreaking “Coaching Up”  violence prevention program and host summit.


Arizona Foundation for Women and Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence are proud to announce an innovative pilot program- Coaching UP.

Coaching UP focuses primarily on addressing the roles that high school athletics coaches play in the lives of their student-athletes and will give them the skills to teach student-athletes the values of respect, integrity and teamwork. The Coaching UP program content includes subjects such as healthy relationships, confronting peer pressures, detrimental impacts of underage drinking/substance abuse and the trauma of head injuries sustained on the field. Coaching UP creates “Upstanding” men through coaching and education. Each school will be provided a $1000 grant to produce a community service project that relates to the discussed issues.  Coaching UP is a pilot program in funding collaboration with Arizona Foundation for Women, the McCain Institute, and the NFL Foundation through a Legacy Grant.

LAUNCH EVENT:  A Coaching Summit for Coaching UP will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.  Participants will include High School Coaches, Athletic Directors, Principals and Counselors. Participating schools include Central, North Canyon, Skyline, McClintock, Sequoia, Blue Ridge, Sequoia Pathway, Betty Fairfax, Salt River and Monument Valley High Schools.

This event is not open to the public, although it is open to media.

Allie Bones, CEO of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence comments: “We are thrilled to be in partnership with the Foundation for Women on this very important youth development initiative. Coaches are powerful influencers on young lives and we look forward to shaping positive futures for both young men and women through this project.”

Adrian Wilson, a former Arizona Cardinal, commented: “I’m honored to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Coaching UP Summit.  Whenever I get the chance to speak with H.S. coaches, I always stress to them the importance of being a positive role model in their student-athlete’s lives, both on and off the field, as well as the importance of education.  What their players will learn in the classroom can take them a lot further in life than playing sports.”


What is consent?

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Courtesy of google images.

When we look at the issue of sexual violence and prevention, we cannot do so without talking about consent.  But what does that actually mean?  What does consent look and sound like?  Ultimately, yes means yes!  Consent works best centered in communication in words; words in whatever language everyone involved can use and understand.   Consent means that an agreement has been made between individuals prior to any sexual activity that clearly communicates what each person is comfortable doing.

Obtaining consent is an ongoing process of mutual communication as sexual activity progresses, regardless of who initiates it.  So once somebody consents, are you good to go?  Not necessarily.  Because consent is a continuous process, it’s a good idea to keep checking in with your partner.  Consent can also be withdrawn at any time.  Even though your partner may have given consent to a sexual act in the past, does not mean you have received consent in the present.  The golden rule is to ask!  This leads to more respectful, consensual, trusting and communicative intimacy.

It’s also important to know

when a partner does not have the ability to consent.  A lack of “no” does not mean “yes.”  Let’s look at some of those examples.  A person cannot consent if: they are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, they are passed out, asleep, or coming in and out of consciousness, if they are under direct harm or being coerced, if any party is under 18 years of age, or if they have a physical, developmental or mental disability that impairs their ability to understand the act.  Remember that consent isn’t a question.  It’s a state!