Our mission is to lead, to advocate, to educate, to collaborate, to end domestic violence in Arizona. Join the movement!
We envision a world where all relationships are safe, healthy, and loving, and we know that by working together we can make this dream a reality in Arizona. Since 1980, we've lead the anti-domestic violence movement in Arizona and provided key services aimed at eliminating abuse.
Our core services include training, a Legal Advocacy Hotline, policy advocacy and lobbying, and expert consultation to Arizona's domestic violence shelters and non-residential programs.
Our trainings inspire action. One person who attended The Sharing Experience, our 40-hour basic course, told us, "I went to court to testify after witnessing a domestic violence incident in my community. If I hadn't gotten trained at AzCADV or known of the help available for a victim, I probably wouldn't have said anything or come forward to make the initial report. The person who chose to abuse was in jail for three months, and now the survivor is doing well. She got the help she needed through AzCADV's Legal Advocacy Hotline and an attorney. I'm usually a pretty quiet person, but when it comes to domestic violence- no more!"
The Legal Advocacy Hotline, the only one of its kind in the country, provides callers with information about safety plans, the court process, divorce and child custody, protection orders, and more. Years ago, one of our Hotline advocates spoke with a caller in her 80s. Recently, that caller got in touch to say that because of the help she received through AzCADV, she's no longer experiencing abuse. She's happy and safe and even volunteers at an animal shelter. Our Advocate says, "that was the highlight of my work at AzCADV. I helped a person who was married for more than 50 years, was beaten up for more than 50 years. I helped give her options and find her hope and courage. She is now happy, healthy, and giving back."
Our staff fights for legislative changes that support victims of domestic violence and hold those who choose to abuse accountable for their actions. When a dangerous bill was introduced in the 2012 Arizona Legislature that would have discouraged victims from telling judges about any DV for fear of being accused of making false allegations, we led the fight against it. We were successful at neutralizing the bill's language, thanks to our collaboration with legislative champions, our determined community partners, and several brave survivors who testified in committee.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our work since 1980, and to the new supporters who are joining us today. Together, we are making a difference.