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#EndDVinAZ: DES Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As proclaimed by Governor Katie Hobbs, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a former social worker herself, Governor Hobbs has advocated for survivors of abuse throughout her career, and at one point, she helped oversee the Sojourner Center, a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence. This exemplary leadership and display of support and commitment to survivors resonates throughout state government, as we all play our part to provide survivors with resources and places of refuge so they can live their lives in safety and with dignity.

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.

What You Can Do to Help Put and End to Domestic Violence

Education is a critical first step to taking action against domestic violence. By equipping yourself with resources, you are better prepared to help someone who is facing abuse. For a list of resources, please visit the DES Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Violence Program websites.

Help raise awareness and advocate for domestic violence survivors through Wear Purple Day on October 19. Wear Purple Day is a national event that serves as an opportune time to display your support. A wave of purple among members of our communities tells domestic violence survivors that they truly are not alone.

While our coalition of support and advocacy organizations is here to provide services and shelter to survivors, we all must take action and band together in the fight to #EndDVinAZ. Thank you for serving alongside us.

Angie Rodgers