Press Release: Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Responds to the 2015 Domestic Violence Related Fatality List

Press Release: Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Responds to the 2015 Domestic Violence Related Fatality List

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jessye Johnson, Chief Operating Officer

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
p: 602-279-2900 x415

The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic releases the following information regarding domestic violence related fatalities in Arizona.

Annually the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) tracks fatalities related to domestic violence by searching through thousands of online news reports. The 2015 list has been completed and ACESDV identified 107 domestic violence related fatalities that occurred throughout the state of Arizona. This count is only an estimate and is limited to what is reported by local and national media reports.

Many of these fatalities were incidents of intimate partner homicide with 27 deaths directly related to domestic violence intimate partner violence. When including the perpetrators who then committed suicide after these deaths, that number rises to 36. There were also 13 children who fell victim to domestic violence ranging in age from newborn to 17 years old. One law enforcement officer was also killed in an altercation with a perpetrator, as well as one bystander.

The 2015 fatality list further demonstrates the lethal combination of firearms and domestic violence. 67% of fatalities in 2015 were the result of a firearm. This continues to be the trend with Arizona having an elevated rate of domestic gun violence at 45% above the national average.

“The numbers in this report paint a picture of the dangerousness and often lethal result of domestic violence,” said Allie Bones, Chief Executive Officer of ACESDV. “These are not just statistics. Lives were lost, families broken, and communities shattered by domestic violence, and they should be remembered.”

The alarming number of deaths due to domestic violence highlights the need for comprehensive services for victims/survivors and their families.

Along with the fatality list that can be found on the Coalition’s website at www.acesdv.org, every year the Coalition publishes a fatality report that outlines key trends regarding these yearly fatalities. The 2014 report is now available online and can be found at http://www.azcadv.org/fatality-reports/.

Help is available for anyone who has experienced domestic violence. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911. For more information or to talk to an advocate, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 1-800-782-6400.

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Phone System Update

We’re excited to announce, we’re updating our phone system! This means more streamlined access for callers to the Legal Advocacy Hotline, and updated technology. Please be patient with us as we transition from our outdated system to the new. During the days of January 25-26, is when our phones will be switching over to the new system. There may be a slight delay in returned calls from the Legal Advocacy Hotline during that time but we will do our best to return calls in a timely manner. Our email access will be uninterrupted so feel free to get in contact with us via email: info@acesdv.org. Thank you for your patience during this time of growth!

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Responds to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order Regarding Untested Rape Kits

Press Release: Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Responds to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order Regarding Untested Rape Kits

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Jessye Johnson, Chief Operating Officer
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
p: 602-279-2900 x415
c: 480-242-5328
jj@acesdv.org

The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence issued the following statement regarding Governor Ducey’s Executive Order on the rape kit backlog in Arizona

Today during the State of the State, Governor Ducey announced his commitment to ending the rape kit backlog in Arizona. During his address the Governor outlined the current issue in Arizona, noting that there are over 2,300 untested kits in Maricopa County alone, with an unknown amount of untested kits in the balance of state.

As part of the plan to address the backlog, the Governor has signed an Executive Order establishing the Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force.  This task force is developed for the purpose of developing a statewide protocol for testing sexual assault kits, develop a tracking system for untested kits, and identify the breadth of the current problem in Arizona.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. When a victim of sexual assault/rape chooses to have a forensic exam and DNA is collected in a rape kit, the testing of that kit is imperative to holding perpetrators accountable and possibly preventing future sexual assaults.

“We thank Governor Ducey for making sexual assault rape kits and the victims they represent a priority during the State of the State Address today,” said Allie Bones, Chief Executive Office for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. “We look forward to working with the Task Force to address the issue of untested kits which will further support victims and hold perpetrators accountable for the crime they have committed.”

The Governor also mentioned in the State of the State that his budget will include additional funding to address the backlog, but he did not give specifics. The Governor’s budget is expected to be released by the end of the week.

 The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is a nonprofit agency for the purpose of ending sexual and domestic violence in Arizona. Our mission is to lead, to advocate, to education, to collaborate, to prevent and end sexual and domestic violence in Arizona.

Help is available for anyone who has experienced sexual and/or domestic violence. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911. For more information or to talk to an advocate, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233), the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 1-800-782-6400.

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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.

#GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday

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

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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

#DontLookAway

#dontlookaway

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?

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2015/10/20/tempe-town-lake-domestic-violence-deaths-arizona/74281956/

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:

http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ 

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