Sexual Violence Services Fund Provides Critical Support to Survivors

Published by The Bee News

August 19, 2022

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During the State Fiscal Year 2021 Legislative Session, Arizona allocated $8 million to the Arizona Sexual Violence Services Fund (SVSF). This was a historic moment for our state and for survivors of sexual violence. Funding from the Sexual Violence Services Fund provides survivors with the supportive services they need to seek justice, safety and healing after experiencing sexual violence. In January 2022, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) partnered with eight community-based organizations to fund, build and expand their sexual violence programs. Prior to the establishment of the SVSF, survivors had minimal access to services including counseling, advocacy and 24/7 hotlines to reach out for critical assistance when they needed it most.

In seven short months, new 24/7 hotlines and support groups were created and satellite offices were established and renovated to begin serving survivors of sexual violence. Additionally, sexual violence services are now readily available in more tribal and rural areas, and in culturally-specific communities, including the Latinx and homeless veteran populations.

The grantees of the SVSF include:

  • A New Leaf
  • Against Abuse, Inc.
  • Chicanos Por La Causa De Colores
  • Eve’s Place
  • La Frontera EMPACT
  • New Life Center
  • U.S. Vets – Phoenix
  • Victim Witness Services of Northern Arizona

Services that agencies provide include, but are not limited to: emotional support, medical accompaniment, support groups, and counseling. Most of all, we want survivors of sexual violence to know that they are not alone and they can find immediate support, as well as hope for the future, through this new program.

We are grateful to Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Legislature, and all of the community organizations, sexual violence responders, the general public and most importantly, survivors, for helping to establish this historic fund. The collaboration continues as we work closely with partners statewide to deliver such crucial support to sexual violence survivors.

Available Services

Sexual violence is never the victim’s fault and support is always available. If you are a survivor or know a survivor and would like to seek support, please contact to the Arizona Sexual and Domestic Violence Helpline or your local sexual violence program. All services are free and confidential.

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