Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by domestic violence. According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (AZCESDV) , the sobering reality from 2021 was that 1 in 4 women in the United States were affected by domestic violence with 16% being killed by their partner. Mohave County Sheriff’s Department reported 1,014 domestic violence calls in 2020. with 6 of that number resulting in death
Arizona ranks 4th in the nation in domestic violence according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) which is 45% above the national average. 42.6% of women in Arizona experience intimate partner physical violence, sexual assault, or stalking. In Arizona 24 people a minute are abused. Children are eyewitnesses 90% of the time. Sadly, every 44 minutes a child in Arizona witnesses domestic violence.
Housing continues to be the most urgent need of survivors in Arizona. 40% of women that want to leave fear they will have nowhere to go. In a single day in the United States, over 42,964 survivors and their children sought safe housing. 7,500 of those requests went unmet due to lack of resources.
Together we can help to renew the hope for the survivors by helping them overcome some of the barriers they face. Promoting healthy respectful relationships are an important part of prevention. Working together can make the difference and help to break the cycle of domestic violence.