Domestic Violence Article


Maricopa County Domestic Violence Resources

How to Get Help In Maricopa County If You Are A Victim of Domestic Violence Or The Person Committing Domestic Violence

By the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County

If you are a victim or believe you may be a victim of domestic violence, or if you are the person committing or believe you may commit domestic violence, there is help available. There are many ways you can help yourself and many people available to help you. Read on to learn more about the things you can do to help yourself and to find out about the people who may be able to help you.

How You Can Help Yourself

  • Call 911
  • Call immediately if you believe that you are in danger of being physically hurt. Do not wait until you have been hurt.
  • File an order of protection or injunction against harassment
  • To order the person who is hurting you to stay away from you and so the police can arrest that person if he or she violated the order. However, an Order of Protection is for preventing domestic violence. It is not for child custody orders or preventing access or visitation to a child unless harm may result to the child or the acts of domestic violence involved the child.
  • Leave the scene.  No matter who you are, or where you are, or what the other person is doing. Leave. Go somewhere safe and peaceful to calm down and to protect you from being a victim of domestic violence, or from committing an act of domestic violence.
  • Talk to a counselor. This person can help you with your own safety plan so you and your children feel that you can leave the person who is hurting you; or the counselor can help you if you are the person committing the domestic violence. Find out why you are hurting the other person and help you stop.
  • Tell a friend about your problem to get support and help.
  • Get help from the community. There are many places in the community that can help you.

People and Agencies Who Can Help You

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency rooms at hospitals or the fire department paramedics can help you with immediate physical injuries of domestic violence.

Call 911 now if you need emergency medical help from the fire department.

Police and Victim Services

The police help with domestic violence on the scene. Some police departments also offer "civil stand-by" that is when an officer goes with you to your home to help you get property owned by you or your children. A "civil stand-by" cannot be used to divide shared or community property. Call 911 now if you need emergency help from the police to protect you from domestic violence. Here are other services available to help a victim of domestic violence:

Glendale Victim Assistance - 623-930-3030

Maricopa County Attorney Victim Witness - 602-506-8522

Mesa Police Department Victim Assistance Program - 480-644-4075

(After Hrs:480-644-2211)

Peoria City Attorney Victim Assistance - 623-773-7414

Phoenix City Prosecutor Victim Witness Program - 602-261-8192

Scottsdale City Prosecutor Victim Witness Program - 480-312-4226

Tempe Crisis Intervention Team - 480-350-8032

Victim Compensation Bureau - 602-506-4955

Victim Rights and Witness Assistance Program - 602-542-4911

Emergency Shelters

Shelters are places where you, and in most cases your children, can go if you decide to leave and get away from the person who is hurting you. It is a safe harbor. The addresses of the shelters are kept secret so that the person who is hurting you cannot find you. In the shelters, you will have a safe place to stay, food, and often counseling, to help you and your children. Many shelters also have support groups and counseling services. However, the purpose of the shelters is to help prevent domestic violence. The shelters are not meant to stop access or visitation to a child unless harm may result to the child or the acts of domestic violence involved the child. The telephone numbers to the shelters in the Valley area include:

Autumn House (Mesa) - 480-835-5555

Boys Town National Hotline - 1-800-448-3000 or 1-800-448-1833/TTY

Cassie's House (602)936-7446

Catholic Social Services - 602-997-6105

Child Crisis Center (Children) (East Valley) - 480-969-2308 (children only, most placements by CPS)

Chrysalis (North Phoenix) - 602-944-4999

Chrysalis (Scottsdale) - 480-481-0402 Shelter and 24-hour Hotline

Crisis Nursery (Children)/Shelter - 602-273-7363/7364 (children only)

DeColores (North Phoenix) - 602-269-1515

DOVES - Glendale (Domestic Older Victims Empower & Safety) - 602-264-4357 or 1-888-264-2258

Faith House (Glendale) - 623-939-6798

My Sister's Place/Pathways (East Valley only) - 480-821-1024 (24 Hours)

New Life Shelter (Goodyear) - 623-932-4404

New Life Shelter (Litchfield Park) - 623-935-9161

Salvation Army's Elim House - 602-267-4111 or 1-888-267-0197

Sojourner (Central Phoenix) - 602-244-0089

West Valley Child Crisis Center (Children) - 623-848-8863

Crisis Intervention, Information, Counseling, and/or Hotlines

These services can help you by giving you counseling and other information:

Arizona Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline - 1-888-767-2445

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 602-279-2900 or 1-800-782-6400

Autumn House (Crisis Hotline) - 480-835-5555

AZ Child Protective Services (CPS) Child Abuse Hotline - 602-530-1800

AZ Adult Protective Services (APS) - 602-255-0996

Boys Town National Hotline - 1-800-448-3000 or 1-800-448-1833/TTY

Case (Sexual Assault) - (602)254-6400

Center Against Family Violence - 480-644-4075

Center Against Sexual Assault - 602-254-9000 (24 hours)

Centro de Amistad, Inc. - 480-839-2926

Child Help USA Child Abuse Hotline (National) - 1-800-422-4453

Child Crisis Center - Phoenix East Valley - 480-969-2308

CONTACS Shelter Hotline - 602-263-8900 or 1-800-799-7739 (24 hours)

Chrysalis (Scottsdale) - 480-481-0402

Community Information and Referral(24 hours) - 602-263-8856 or 1-800-352-3792

Crisis Nursery - 602-273-7363

DeColores (Phoenix) - 602-269-1515

Dignity House (Prostituted Women) - 602-997-6105

Domestic Violence - 1-800-799-7739 (24-hour)

DV Legal Advocacy Program c/o Autumn House - (480)461-4204

Faith House (Glendale) - 623-939-6798

Family Life Line Crisis Hotline (National) - 1-800-352-0528

Family Service Agency - 602-264-9891

Governor's Division for Prevention of Family Violence - 602-542-1773

Hopi Guidance Center - (928)737-2586

House of Refuge-East - 480-988-9242 (transitional housing for families in general)

Impact - Westside Social Services - 623-934-1991

Jewish Family and Children's Services (Phoenix) - 602-256-0528

My Sisters Place (Chandler) Crisis Hotline - 480-821-1024

National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or 1-800-787-7224TTY

Parent Support Center - (602)506-6339

Phoenix Indian Center - 602-263-1017 ext-67

Salvation Army (Family Service, Food, Clothing) - 602-267-4100

Save the Family - 480-898-0228

Shelter Without Walls (JFCS) - 480-994-8477

Sojourner Center (Phoenix) Crisis Hotline - 602-244-0089

Sundance Lodge (602)870-0376

Tumbleweed (Services for Teenagers) - 602-841-5799

Value Options Crisis Hotline - 602-222-9444

Counseling Services

These services can help you and/or the person who is hurting you deal with the emotional and mental problems that often come with domestic violence.

Counseling services for the victim:

Autumn House (Mesa) - 480-835-5555

Centro de Amistad Incorporado - 480-839-2926

Chrysalis (North Phoenix) - 602-944-4999

Dorothy B. Mitchell Counseling Center - 480-969-6955 (children only)

My Sisters Place (Chandler) - 480-821-1024 (24 Hour)

Salvation Army - 602-267-4100

Counseling services for the abusive person:

Family Service Agency - 602-264-9891

Impact - Westside Social Services (VORD) -

Scottsdale Justice Services - 480-949-8871

Organization for Non-Violence Education (ONE) - 623-934-0696 (anger management)

Value Options Crisis Hotline - 602-222-9444

Legal Services

These are places where you can obtain court forms and/or find out how to get legal assistance.

Community Information and Referral - 602-263-8856 or 1-800-352-3792

Community Legal Services Central Office - 602-258-3434

Community Legal Services East Valley Office - 480-833-1442

DV Legal Advocacy Program of Maricopa County - (602)247-0464

Maricopa County Lawyer Referral Service - 602-257-4434

Family Lawyers Assistance Project - 602-506-7948

The Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County - 602-506-SELF(7353) (24 hours)

self-help Telephone Services (recorded information only)

Maricopa County Superior Court Self Service Center:

Phoenix Location - I01 West Jefferson, First Floor

Mesa Location - 222 East Javelina, First Floor (Law Library)

Maricopa County Courts

Superior Court in Phoenix - 201 W. Jefferson

Superior Court in Mesa - 222 E. Javelina

Superior Court in Surprise - 14264 W. Tierra Buena Ln.

Clerk of the Court (Phoenix) - 602-506-3676

Clerk of the Court, Southeast Court Complex, Mesa - 480-506-3360

Conciliation Services (Phoenix) 602-506-3296

Family Support Center Expedited Services - 602-506-3762

Family Violence Prevention Center - 602-506-5553

Justice Court Administration - Phoenix - 602-506-1337

Municipal Courts - Phoenix - 602-262-7120 (Orders of Protection)

Maricopa County Justice Court/ Scottsdale - 480-443-6600

Other services that may help you.

Alanon (Families of Alcoholics) and Alateen Substance Abuse - 602-249-1257

Area Agency on Aging, Region One - 602-264-2255

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 602-279-2900 or 800-782-6400

AZ Sexual Assault Network - 602-258-1195

Community Bridges, East Valley Addiction Recovery Ctr. - 480-962-7711

Empact-Suicide Prevention Center - (Tempe or Glendale)- 480-784-1514

Family Advocacy Center - 602-534-2120 or E. Valley at 480-312-6300

Guiding Star Lodge (Women's Alcohol/Drug Treatment Facility) - 602-254-5805

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers - 602-279-2043

Salt River Pima/Maricopa Social Services - 480-850-8296

Salvation Army (6 month in-house rehab. center) - 602-256-4500

Southwest Behavioral Health (general mental health) - 602-268-8748 (Watkins Outpatient Clinic)

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QUESTIONS

  • I and my daughter have not seen my husband in 5 years. She is 6. He was abusive but never arrested because he was good at abusing without leaving marks and lying. He has taken steps to hide his whereabouts and stated that if he had to pay child support he would take custody. I have been with my current fiancé for about 3 years and he would like to adopt her. Can he do that before the divorce?
  • I was recently in a relationship with a guy who was verbally and emotionally abusive. We were living together for about 3 months and he was always yelling at me and I was getting very scared. After he held me inside our apartment and refused to let me leave I finally got out and moved out. I tried to keep things civil. He moved to out of state but he says he will come back. He calls the house I am staying at several times a day.  He breaks into my emails and talks to my friends. He threatens me and he gets very angry at times and calls me and says he will do stuff to me and he will do stuff to my friends . I was wondering what I could do. I am very stressed out and scared and I feel like it is getting worse and I need a solution. I looked up about an order of protection but Im not sure where to go and how to do it. Id like to stop him from contacting me, my family, and my friends. I feel that he may be emotionally unstable and have issues that could turn to violence. He says he is coming back to Arizona and I just want to protect myself, my family, and my friends.
  • I was arrested in 2013 for disorderly conduct per DV and was released the next day. I received a deferred prosecution for 6 months with no fine. The charges are now dismissed. Do I still have wait 5 years to expunge my record to work at a school? I was told by a co-worker who is a Lieutenant of the police department, that any DV charge has to be expunged before being able to work around children.
  • My ex husband has now been incarcerated for the past 5 years. He has charges of domestic violence and aggravated domestic violence against me which happened in front of the kids. I currently have sole custody and he has not seen or spoken to the kids in at least 4 years. I would like to terminate his parental rights, is this a possibility?
  • Can he still pick up my kids from school even tho I have a protective order
  • I'm 29 citizen of phoenix az. I have been thru a violent abused on my age of 8.9.10. Thru 16 . My dad was a domestic violence and and my mom let him violence fighting like I was another man, not his son.i help them with my five brothers younger, and clean up everithing . My dad was a violent person he have record even in mexico. Too violent with me and discriminate of been gay and much more staff. Do I have a right. He never help me . Never do nothing for me. He trough me from his house having no place to go after a remodel everithing. And didn't pay me nothing,can I take them to court for thi
  • My husband abuses me in public n at home, im felling mentally harassed by him coz he goes to office n come home but does'nt speak to me at all, im all alone at home, i dont have a work permit yet, he is planning to send me back to my country, i guess this is the reason he wants to mentally harass me so that i go crazy n leave him , so please help me how to get out of this situation, calling 911 would help me in this situation ?
  • Our nephew from Denver has been ordered to take domestic violence classes. He is going to ask the court if he can come out here for a visit for a month, and he would like to continue his domestic violence classes out here while he is here. Is this possible if he gets permission from the courts in Denver?
  • MY daughter was roughed up my her live in bf. he also damaged her car. she was willing to go to the sheriffs office until they told her he would be arrest tonight and go to jail. How likely is that to happen the injury is broken nails bruised? the vechile damage is about $500 and he still has her glasses and a few other small things.
  • If your abused by your husband and you divorce him and he owes taxes.. what are your options?

STORIES

  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • Age discrimination in the workplace. . .
  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .

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FIND LEGAL HELP

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OTHER LEGAL RESOURCES

  • State Bar of Arizona
    www.azbar.org
  • Maricopa County Bar
    www.maricopabar.org
    Referral number 602-257-4434
  • Pima County Bar
    www.pimacountybar.org
    Referral number 520-623-4625
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    800-799-7233
  • Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center
    866-553-0893
  • Certified Legal Document Preparer Program
    Link

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