Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is against the law

One out of every four women in this country will suffer some kind of violence at the hands of her husband or boyfriend. Victims come from all walks of life, all cultures, income groups, ages, religions. They share feelings of helplessness, isolation, fear, and shame.

Does the person you love . . .

  • Track all of your time?
  • Constantly accuse you of being unfaithful?
  • Discourage your relationships with family and friends?
  • Prevent you from working or attending group meetings or school?
  • Criticize you for little things?
  • Anger easily when drinking alcohol or taking drugs?
  • Control all the finances and force you to account in detail for what you spend?
  • Humiliate you in front of others?
  • Destroy personal property or sentimental items?
  • Hit, punch, slap, kick or bite you or your children?
  • Use, or threaten to use, a weapon against you?
  • Threaten to hurt you or the children?
  • Force you to engage in sex against your will?

If you answer Yes to even a few of these questions, it’s time to get help.

Who is affected

 Arizona Revised Statutes defines the affected relationships involved as follows:

  1. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided together in the same household.
  2. The victim and the defendant have a child in common.
  3. The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party.
  4. The victim is related to the defendant or the defendant's spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister, or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
  5. The victim is a child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.
  6. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship. The following factors may be considered in determining whether the relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship:

    (a) The type of relationship.
    (b) The length of the relationship.
    (c) The frequency of the interaction between the victim and the defendant.
    (d) If the relationship has terminated, the length of time since the termination.

 If you are a victim -- next steps

Call the police. Assault, even by family members, is a crime. The police have information about shelters and other agencies that help.

Leave, or have someone come stay with you. Go to a shelter, call a crisis hotline or health center and ask them for help. If you feel that you or your children are in danger, leave immediately.

Seek medical attention if you are injured, even minor injuries. Tell the doctor how the injuries happened and make sure he or she notes this in your records.

Call the police

When a police officer arrives, describe what happened. Tell the officer about any injuries such as bruises, cuts, redness, or tender areas. Let the officer know if anyone else witnessed the incident.  If arrested, the offender will be taken away and secured until appearing before a magistrate who will determine the terms and conditions of release.

Once an offense is referred to the courts for action, you, the victim, will be kept informed of all aspects of the proceedings according to the victims' rights law. 

Order of protection

Ask for an Order of Protection.  Find the court closest to you and most convenient, and go there.

An Order of Protection is an official court document notifying the offender that he or she has been placed under specific restrictions. For example, the offender may be ordered not to commit any further acts of violence, to stay away from your home, school, or work place, not to harass you or other members of your family in any way. Other restrictions can be applied as needed for your specific situation.

Once your request for an Order of Protection has been processed, the order is served on the offender. Once served, he or she has the right to protest the action in a hearing before a judge within the time limits imposed. You have the right to protest this action and have the right to bring witnesses to the hearing to testify on your behalf.

When an Order of Protection has been served on the defendant, he or she is prohibited by law from violating it. If the defendant disobeys the order, he or she can be arrested for this violation in addition to any other crimes committed.

Keep a certified copy of the order and, if possible, the Affidavit of Service, which shows that the defendant received the order. If you do need to call the police to report a violation, it will save time if you have these copies handy to show the officer. Computer records may be a few weeks behind, so it is wise to keep a certified copy of the order and Affidavit of Service.

Emergency Orders of Protection are available through any police officer. Emergency Orders expire at the end of the next business day. You should get a regular Order of Protection from the court before the Emergency Order expires.

Victim services

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1-800-782-6400

Coconino County

Coconino County Victim Witness Program 928-779-6163

Coconino County Victim Compensation 928-779-6163

Flagstaff Women’s Shelter 928-774-4503

24-Hour Crisis 928-774-7353

Child Protective Services 928-779-3681

Adult Protective Services 928-779-6141

Coconino Community Guidance Center 928-527-1899

Sunshine Rescue Mission 928-774-3512

Yavapai County

Yavapai County Victim Services 928-567-7757

Yavapai County Victim Compensation 928-567-7757

Domestic Violence Crisis Services

Verde Valley advocate on-call 928-567-7710

Stepping Stone shelter 928-445-4673

Verde Valley Sanctuary/Legal Advocacy Program 928-634-2511

Child Protective Services 1-888-767-2445

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center 928-775-0669