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ARIZONA PROTECTIVE ORDER TIMELINE EXTENDED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 THROUGH H.B. 2604
PHOENIX, September 16, 2022 – The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) is pleased to share the extension of the duration of coverage for Orders of Protection along with Emergency Orders of Protection to allow victims of crime additional time to take measure for safety.
Through House Bill 2604, which goes into effect September 24th, 2022, the effective duration of an Order of Protection or a modified Order of Protection extends from one year to two years after the defendant has been served and extends the effective duration of an Emergency Order of Protection from three days to seven calendar days after issuance.
This bill further removes barriers for victims to be granted an Emergency Order by specifying that, in counties with a population of fewer than 150,000 persons, any judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner may issue an order by telephone during the hours the courts are closed.
H.B. 2604 earned the support of ACESDV because it reduces trauma for victims, allowing survivors longer periods of relief between renewals. This change meets the needs of survivors throughout Arizona.
Jenna Panas, CEO of ACESDV, states, “We are thrilled with the extension of Orders of Protection and Emergency Orders of Protection. This seemingly small extension increases safety for survivors, removes barriers when needing to renew the protective order yearly, and accommodates smaller populous communities in Arizona by offering additional opportunities to issue an order when the court is closed. We appreciate the leadership of Representative Shawnna Bolick and the continuing advocacy of Senator Victoria Steele in considering the best interests of survivors who utilize the tool of protective orders for safety.”
About the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) works to dismantle oppression and promote equity among all people, focusing on increasing public awareness about sexual and domestic violence and enhancing safety and services for survivors. ACESDV was originally founded as the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1980, so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. In 2013, the coalition became the designated dual coalition to address both sexual and domestic violence in Arizona, thus becoming the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. ACESDV provides training and technical assistance to responders, service providers, and community members, engages in public policy advocacy and public awareness initiatives, and provides direct services through the Arizona Sexual and Domestic Violence Helpline and online chat. To learn more visit www.acesdv.org
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Jenna Panas, (817) 939-1577