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: 

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 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

Coaching Up  Logo

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?

ACESDV consent image

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!

Seminarios virtuales en Español!

Nuestros seminarios virtuales se han hecho tan populares que decidimos ofrecer unos cuantos en Español! Al inferior encontrara los detalles y las descripciones de los seminarios virtuales disponibles en Español!

Our webinars have been so popular we decided to offer a few in Español! Please see below for details and description of available webinars in Español!

DV101 Español
Cuando: Viernes, Mayo 29, 2015
Hora: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Costo: Gratuito!
Link para registrarte:

Mediante esta capacitación se exploraran las diferentes dinámicas que giran alrededor de la violencia doméstica, los efectos que estas tienen en las víctimas y sobrevivientes, sus familias así como en la comunidad. Se estudiaran la ley en referencia a la violencia doméstica en Arizona así como las tres fases del ciclo de la violencia, las barreras que enfrentan las víctimas al intentar dejar una relación violenta y como abogar por las víctimas y sobrevivientes.

SV 101 Español
Cuando: Martes, Junio 16, 2015
Hora: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Costo: Gratuito!
Link para registrarte:

Mediante esta capacitación se exploraran en las múltiples formas en las cuales la violencia sexual es perpetrada por los agresores y el impacto que esta tiene en los sobrevivientes, sus familias así como en la comunidad. Se desenmascaran mitos que giran alrededor de la violencia sexual perpetrada por parejas intimas así como la violencia sexual causada por desconocidos. Se exploraran las definiciones legales al igual que los requisitos de reportar el delito por parte de agencias que proveen servicios directos a sobrevivientes y víctimas.

Manejo de Estrés Postraumático Webinar
Cuando: Martes, Julio 21, 2015
Hora: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Costo: Gratuito!
Link para registrarte:

Se tendrá una discusión a fondo sobre las experiencias traumáticas de sobrevivientes y el manejo del estrés postraumático. Se examinara como los programas pueden ofrecer distintos servicios, así como mejor asistir con abogacía informada sobre el trauma y sus efectos. La discusión puede llevar a ajustes para mejorar los servicios dentro de la misma agencia.

Arizona Gives Day!

On April 7, 2015, Arizona will unite to support the nonprofits in our community for Arizona Gives Day!

We invite you to share why you’re choosing to give on Arizona Gives Day to your friends, family, and on social media using the hashtag: #WhyIGive

To make it easier for you all, we have created a list of reasons to give this Arizona Gives Day.

For example, I give because…

  • 1 in 4 Arizona girls will be sexually abused before age 18
  • 1 in 7 Arizona boys will be sexually abused before age 18
  • 1 in 4 Arizona women are experiencing domestic violence
  • 1 in 7 Arizona men are experiencing domestic violence
  • 1 in 5 Arizona women have been raped in their lifetime
  • 1 in 71 Arizona men have been raped in their lifetime

With your help, we are able to reach a wider audience and raise awareness about the issues of sexual and domestic violence in our community, issues that are important to us all.

We appreciate your support during the Arizona Gives Day campaign!

Please Donate Today!

The mission of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is to lead, to advocate, to educate, to collaborate, to prevent and end sexual and domestic violence in Arizona.  ACESDV is based in Arizona and has a statewide presence.  we are a non-governmental, non-profit membership organization that works with more than 170 formal members and allies to carry out our mission and objectives.

Your contribution will enhance our ability to support the state’s sexual and domestic violence services, shelters, and survivors. All contributions to ACESDV are fully tax-deductible.

How else can I help?

Help us get the word out!  Tell your family and friends how they can give back  by sharing our facebook page or forwarding this email  – tell them why you believe in Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence’s mission.  With your assistance, we hope to raise more than $3,000 on Arizona Gives Day to enhance our ability to support Arizona’s sexual and domestic violence services.

Announcing 2015 Thrive Honorees!

The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is pleased to announce the fifth annual Thrive Award honorees. Each award category symbolizes a plant native to the Sonoran Desert that has adapted and even thrives in the harsh climate.

2013 Saguaro Lifetime Achievement Honoree
(left to right) Allie Bones, Judge Elizabeth Finn, &  Glendale Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack

2015 Thrive Award Honorees:

Lavina Tomer, Wingspan Anti-Violence Project, will receive the Saguaro Award in honor of a lifetime dedicated to ending domestic violence.

Stacey Champion, Champion PR + Consulting, has been selected for the Three Heart Award, which honors a sexual and/or domestic violence survivor who has turned adversity into triumph by creating positive change in the community.

Albert Pooley, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association, will receive the Cliff Rose Award, which honors an individual for their efforts in education, prevention and outreach of sexual and/or domestic violence to the community in Arizona.

Stacy Krueger, Coconino County Attorney’s Office, will be the recipient of the Desert Sunflower Award, which honors a person’s non-traditional involvement in the movement to end sexual and/or domestic violence.

Rosamaria Mendozachapa, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc., was selected for the Guara Award to honor an advocate’s outstanding efforts in providing direct services to victims of sexual and/or domestic violence in Arizona.

Senator Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s 24th Legislative District, will be given the Ocotillo Award, which celebrates a person who has identified an issue facing sexual and domestic violence victims and has championed legislative or budgetary change to benefit victims.

Please join us on May 8, 2015 as we honor these six well-deserved recipients at the 5th Annual Thrive Gala and Awards Dinner in celebration of sexual and domestic violence survivors and the individuals who work tirelessly for their promising futures.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact

Now accepting Thrive nominations!

We need your help to identify the shining stars within our community! Whether you are working in the sexual or domestic violence field, are a community supporter or know someone who is, please take the time to recognize the individuals in your life you feel meet these criteria. We encourage individuals and organizations to use this opportunity to recognize those in the community who are doing outstanding work.  While self-nominations are accepted, third party nominations are strongly encouraged (as are multiple nominations for the same person).

Our award recipients will receive:

  • Personal recognition in front 350+ guests at the Gala on May 8, 2015
  • Written recognition at future events
  • A unique plaque specially designed for the honoree

Click here to nominate!