Domestic Violence is a community problem. According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (AZCESDV), the sobering reality from 2021 is 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 had 1,014 domestic violence calls in 2020. Arizona reported 102 deaths from domestic violence with six of those deaths occurring in Mohave County.
More than 50% of women experiencing Domestic Abuse live in households with children under 12.
Children are deeply affected by domestic violence with 90% of bearing witness to fights, verbal abuse and suffering the emotional devastation of seeing physical violence perpetrated on their mother. Every 44 minutes, a child in Arizona witnesses domestic violence. These children are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues and physical health problems, including depression, anxiety, bullying and violence toward peers.
Arizona ranks 5th in the nation in domestic violence according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That is 45% above the national average. 42.6% of women in Arizona experience intimate partner physical violence, sexual assault, or stalking. In Arizona, 20 people a minute are abused.
Housing in Arizona continues to be the most urgent need of survivors. 40% of women that want to leave 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.
Fortunately in Lake Havasu City, our facility provides safe refuges for women and children escaping domestic abuse.
Together we can help to renew the hope for the survivors by helping them overcome most of the barriers they face. Promoting healthy, respectful relationships are an important part of prevention. Together, we can make a difference and make real strides to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Should you know someone who needs our help, please give them our 24/7 hotline number: (928) 302-1358 for immediate and confidential assistance from a trained Lake Havasu City Advocate. All calls are confidential.