Public Policy

ACESDV advocates for systemic change to increase safety for victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their children.  We believe in offender accountability and work on big picture issues impacting sexual and domestic violence victims/survivors and direct service providers.

Activities of the Public Policy Department:

  • Monitor policies, procedures and practices
  • Advocating for systems level changes
  • Educate lawmakers on needed statutory changes and sexual and domestic violence
  • Working with the criminal justice system, human services, and other community partners to enhance system responses to sexual and domestic violence

Legislative Action:
We track a number of bills relating to sexual and domestic violence victims/survivors, increasing batterer accountability, and funding for sexual and domestic violence programs and services. The Arizona Legislative Session starts the second Monday in January every year and goes for approximately 100 days.

We send out weekly Legislative Updates every Monday during the legislative session.  If you are interested in receiving these updates, please sign-up to receive Legislative Updates and Action Alerts via email.

2015 Legislative Priorities ( available soon)

New Laws Passed:

HB 2515(unlawful distribution of private images) – New Law Effective July 21st 2014
HB 2454 (human trafficking; prostitution) – New Laws Effective July 21st, 2014
Department of Child Safety – New Laws Effective July 1st, 2014
SB 1127 Legal Decision-Making and Parenting Time FAQ – Law Effective as of 2013
SB1308 Pets/ Orders of Protection FAQ – Law Effective as of 2012

Be the Change Training:
We hold legislative advocacy trainings at request.  If you are interested in learning more about legislative advocacy and would like us to come train your group, you can request a training by emailing the Coalition at:

Additional Public Policy Documents and Factsheets:

Voter Registration – English
Voter Registration – Spanish
Tips for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)
ADOT Policy Change on Drivers Licenses for Deferred Action

Special Reports:

2014 Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Report

Voter Registration -

ACESDV Voter Registration Factsheet – English
ACESDV Voter Registration Factsheet – Spanish

Special Reports –

2014 Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Report (coming soon)
2013 Gun Violence and Domestic Violence Report