Posted on April 13, 2020 in Domestic Violence
Domestic violence and abuse are common crimes throughout the US. Every day, thousands of adults and children suffer domestic abuse. Domestic violence can refer to many types of offenses committed against members of the defendant’s household or someone with which the defendant has a personal, familial or romantic relationship. All 50 states track domestic violence statistics, such as the number of reports and criminal trials. This data can help state lawmakers better protect victims. As an Arizona resident, learn more about domestic violence, the resources available if you need help, and when to reach out to a Phoenix domestic violence lawyer.
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is one of the main entities that gather facts and information about domestic abuse in the state. According to the Coalition’s latest report on domestic violence, about one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lives. This equals over 804,000 women and 453,000 men in Arizona alone. In addition, one in three women and one in seven men will experience unwanted sexual touching in their lifetimes.
Domestic violence, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and rape are more common than most people in Arizona realize. If you have experienced one of these crimes, you are not alone. You have rights and legal options, as well as many forms of protection available to you. These include protective orders, restraining orders and filing criminal charges against the perpetrator. If you are a loved one, it is important to recognize signs of a sexual or violent crime. Common signs may include unexplained injuries, withdrawal, isolation, mood changes, feelings of guilt or shame, and financial exploitation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or abuse in Arizona, speak out. Call the police if you are in immediate danger. In a nonemergency situation, you can also call the national hotline at 1-(800)-799-7233 for confidential advice you can trust. A representative can give you information about state and federal resources, including programs that could provide housing and/or financial assistance. A representative could guide you to an abuse shelter or culturally specific resources available to you. While reaching out for help can be difficult, it may be critical for your safety. Work toward getting to a safe place with assistance at the state or federal level.