According to our partners with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV), one in four women and one in ten men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. More than half of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals experience some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm. Intimate partner violence transcends identity and has the potential to impact anyone at any time. Ending domestic violence remains an imperative, and it requires all of us to do our part to stay informed, raise awareness and be a champion for survivors throughout our communities.
I am proud to say that the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) plays a major role in the crusade to #EndDVinAZ as the agency overseeing the State Domestic Violence Program. Working in collaboration with ACESDV, community-based organizations and other state agencies, the Domestic Violence Program coordinates services for domestic violence survivors. From mobile and community-based advocacy and legal advocacy, to emergency shelter and housing intervention services, DES and its partners are committed to not only broadcasting the message that intimate partner violence can stop, but that there are many resources available to help survivors leave dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations, and build a life of their own without perpetual fear.