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.

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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!

Connections between the movements to end sexual & domestic violence and the intersections of multiple oppressions:

Our sister coalition, Jane Doe Inc. in Massachusetts, makes a statement in the aftermath of Ferguson, New York and more, reflecting on our responsibility as the leadership of the Coalition to grapple with the direct and indirect connections between the movements to end sexual and domestic violence and the intersections of multiple oppressions.  Read the full statement here.

Making the Connection Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

“Making the Connection Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse”, a report compiled by the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, serves as a guide and provides recommendations for how to address domestic violence in the child welfare setting, as well as the importance of understanding the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse, and the impacts of exposure to violence on children.

Read the report here.

Important information for anyone seeking services in Arizona:

The 2-1-1 Arizona (CONTACS) Shelter Hotline now has limited hours of service Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm, closed weekends.  For services on off hours within Maricopa County, please call 480-890-3039, for services outside of Maricopa County, please call the

24-Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).