A call to action

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By Maria-Elena Ochoa, MBA

Domestic violence affects people of all ages, locations, income groups, and ethnicities. It ranks among the most common violence-related 911 calls to police and sheriff’s departments throughout Arizona. It sends thousands of victims to hospitals, costs millions of dollars in lost productivity, and is a significant contributor to homelessness.

According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), 11,220 adults and children received services in 32 shelters in 2008. Of the total number served, 3,366 (30 percent) were Hispanic and 5,273 (47 percent) were children. According to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in 2008, there were 126 domestic violence related deaths in Arizona.

Cultural norms may inadvertently support the incidence of and tolerance of domestic violence. These norms are often fostered by dearly held values related to gender roles, family, or religious beliefs. Furthermore, norms and values are different for first-, second- and third-generation Latinos or other immigrants. I encourage everyone to assess their values and the impact those values may have on the incidence of domestic violence. It might be a very surprising exercise that will change your life.

I challenge each of you to take some form of action, whether large or small, to eliminate domestic violence for all of us, for our children, for our future.


• Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence Lay Legal Advocacy Hotline:1-800-782-6400 or TTY (602) 279-7270
• Chrysalis Scottsdale Shelter: (480) 481-0402
• CPLC De Colores: (602) 269-1515
• DOVES (Domestic Older Victims Empower & Safety): (602) 264-4357
• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
• National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474, TTY: 1-866-331-8453
• New Leaf’s Autumn House (Mesa): (480) 835-5555
• Sojourner Center (Phoenix): (602) 244-0089
visit for more information.

Everyone is affected by domestic violence

By Stephanie Mayer
Systems Advocate, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Violent relationships don’t start off with a slap and an insult on the first date – they twist over time. Abusers utilize a series of tactics to destroy victims’ self-esteem, isolate them from family and friends, and create a dependence on the relationship that can keep victims trapped.

Verbal assaults may include insults, accusations, or using tone as a weapon. Sexual violence may involve unwanted touching, comments, coercion, or rape. Emotional violence may include mind games, guilt, intimidation, blaming, or impossible expectations.

Abusers may control all of the finances and use children to manipulate their partner. They may use threats to get what they want; threatening to harm the victim, children, pets, or themselves can be all they need to hold the power. Perpetrators may also threaten to reveal confidential information, such as sexual orientation or immigration status.

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