Office of Women's Health

Domestic Violence Services – Rural Safe Home Network

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If you are in immediate danger call 911!

  • National 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233
  • National 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline TDD: (800) 787-3224
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

What is the Rural Safe Home Network?

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) receives Federal funds from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) for the prevention of domestic violence and the provision of domestic violence education. This funding also supports domestic violence coalitions in the provision of advocacy, planning, public awareness and education, administration and direct service.

In Arizona these funds are used primarily to provide services to the rural areas of the state utilizing Rural Safe Home Networks and to support the Arizona Coalition to end Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) . Currently the Department funds six safe homes, the Verde Valley Sanctuary Children Services, the Never Again Foundation, and ACESDV. The Rural Safe Home Network operates 24/7 domestic violence hot lines, and provides domestic violence victims and their children with temporary, emergency safe shelter, peer counseling, case management, and advocacy. ACESDV provides domestic violence training throughout Arizona to domestic violence service providers, law enforcement, legal systems, medical communities, social service providers, and others as requested. ACESDV also provides Information and Referral Services to domestic violence victims and others who request the information throughout the state.

Family Violence Prevention and Services funds are also used for legal advocacy services for victims, counseling services for children, and education and prevention targeting Indian communities.

What are the goals of this program?

  • Provide temporary, emergency safe shelters for those persons experiencing domestic violence
  • To end domestic violence in our families and communities through:
    • Prevention and Early Intervention
    • Education
  • Provide support, case management and advocacy to victims
  • Give support to communities to develop standards for law enforcement, the courts and legal systems to ensure batterer accountability
  • Provide networking opportunities for local social service providers, law enforcement, courts, medical providers, faith community, the private sector and others.

What has this program achieved?

Between June 2013 and July 2014, the Department's Rural Safe Home Network received $1,692,259.00 in Family Violence Prevention Funds. Six safe home contractors and three advocacy agencies were funded during that fiscal year. 100% of the dollars were spent on shelter, advocacy, related assistance and prevention efforts.

  • 375 women, 304 children, and 12 men were sheltered during the year, resulting in 21,452 nights of safe sleep in a shelter or other safe house.
  • 4,303 men, women and children were supported through advocacy services and program offered by the agencies. Support services include safety planning, domestic violence education, group and individual counseling, financial training, parenting classes, resume writing, transportation assistance, food boxes and securing new living quarters.
  • Advocates answered 4,566 calls on the 24/7 crisis line.
  • Shelters reported 957 volunteers logging in over 16,322 hours of dedicated support.
  • 12,660 adult community members participated in 378 public awareness presentations state wide.
  • 206 educational presentations on healthy relationships were scheduled through the state reaching 7,014 youth.

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