Survivors are often more vulnerable in times of crisis and need our support more than ever in these times. ACESDV is here for you.
ACESDV’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline is still open and operating the regular hours of 8:30a – 5:00p, Monday – Friday with Victim Services Specialists available to assist in Spanish and English, by phone or online through chat. While our staff are primarily working remotely from the safety of their homes, we have measures in place to maintain full confidentiality and are continuing operations and support to survivors and the community.
The Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline: 602-279-2980
Online chat: www.acesdv.org/helpline
The nearly 40 member organizations of ACESDV are committed to providing the best services to communities throughout Arizona. Member organizations are also carefully considering the advisories from the Department of Health and the CDC, and taking significant precautions to protect those they serve and their teams of staff members, volunteers and board members.
Hotlines, sexual and domestic violence service organizations, and shelters will remain open. People impacted by sexual and domestic violence can still access the support of an advocate during a sexual assault forensic exam, when requesting an Order of Protection, and for help accessing other crucial resources. Organizations are putting systems in place to be able to provide remote advocacy as much as possible, using phone, video and other strategies to connect with and support people who need help.
Contact your local organization for more information about how they are responding, and continue to refer people impacted by sexual and domestic violence to call the National Hotlines (listed above) or ACESDV’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline.
Sexual and domestic violence service organizations are working together with many others in their communities to coordinate efforts, plan for what lies ahead and get crucial resources to people experiencing health, financial and other impacts. Organizations serving people who are homeless or at risk of losing their housing are part of a statewide strategy to ensure there are safe places for people to stay if they are at high risk from COVID-19, or if they need to self-quarantine. The Coalition is also actively working with administrative and legislative officials to ensure that the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence are being addressed during this crisis.
During this difficult time, our connections with each other are more important than ever. We are sustained by our loving community of organizations, advocates, and partners.