It Can Stop Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an annual opportunity to raise awareness about an issue that can affect anyone, at any time. One in four women and one in ten men in the United States experience domestic violence in their lifetime. But together, with the right resources, support and awareness, it can stop.

“Arizona is committed to preventing all forms of domestic abuse, and we will never stop working to support and protect victims and survivors,” said Governor Doug Ducey.

For the seventh year in a row, the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family lit the Arizona Capitol dome purple in a show of support for domestic violence survivors. This ignited a statewide effort, with various state, county and city agencies, community organizations, businesses, and even households, lighting Arizona purple.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) houses the State Domestic Violence Program, which works with more than two dozen organizations statewide to provide services to domestic violence survivors, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, housing intervention and mobile advocacy. For Fiscal Year 2021, over $14 million has been invested in these critical services to ensure that individuals and families are able to escape violence and have the opportunity to live a life without fear.

Our work means more than just providing shelter and safety. It is our mission to also provide stability, social connectedness and meaningful access to relevant resources. This is a comprehensive approach to service delivery, taking into account the full context of people’s lives. There may be a greater need for connectedness to others, rather than just an order for protection. Everyone’s situation is different, and we are committed to working with our partners to meet the unique needs of domestic violence survivors, wherever they may be. You can learn more about the available resources at des.az.gov/dv.

In addition to the programs and services available to survivors, our website lists different events being held throughout the state where you can learn more about the issue of domestic violence and how to combat it. Education is the best way to end domestic violence in Arizona. You can also show your support and let survivors know that they are not alone by participating in #WearPurpleDay on October 21. Wear various shades of purple to signal your commitment to fight against abuse and show support for survivors.

If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, please refer to one of the many services available:

The DES Domestic Violence Program

Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Shelter Line (Maricopa County Only)

  • 480-890-3039

Sexual Assault Hotline RAINN

  • 800-656-HOPE (4673)

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 800-799-7233
  • 800-787-3224 (TTD)

AZ Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

  • 602-279-2900
  • 800-782-6400
  • 602-279-7270

DES Adult Protective Services

No matter what situation an individual may find themselves in, there is a network of support ready to help them leave dangerous and potentially deadly circumstances. No one should feel unsafe and hopeless, because it can stop. We are honored to work with so many amazing professionals and organizations committed to ending abuse and providing hope to those around us. I thank each of you for your support in ensuring our communities remain safe, interconnected and a place of opportunity, so all may be able to reach their potential, free from the threat of violence.

Michael Wisehart