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Domestic Violence

A. Definition by our organization

Battering is a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another. Abusers use physical and sexual violence, threats, emotional insults and economic deprivation as a way to dominate their partners and get their way. Relationships in which one partner uses assault and coercion can be found among married and unmarried heterosexuals, lesbians, and gay males. Battering is a behavior that physically harms, arouses fear, prevents an individual from doing what she/he wishes of forces her/him to behave in ways she/he does not want to. (Susan Schechter - AZCADV website)

B. Legal Definition

   1. AZ Statute 13-3601 (http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/13/03601.htm)
   2. DV defined by AZ law ... include : physical assault, threatening words or conduct, intimidation, harrasment by phone and in person, stalking , endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping, criminal trespass, criminal damange, disobeying a court order, custodial interference, abuse to a vulnerable adult or child, certain crimes against children and or disorderly conduct.
   3. Relationships considered:The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.
The victim and the defendant have a child in common. The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party. 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, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law. The victim is a child who resides or has resides 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 has resides in the same household as the defendant

C. History

  1. US law history
  2. AZ law history

D. Statistics

ACADV

A. Formed in 1980 to:

  1. Increase public awareness about DV
  2. Enhance safety and services for DV victims
  3. Reduce incidents of DV in AZ familiesB. Statement
1. Mission statement Mission: To lead, to advocate, to educate, to collaborate, to end domestic violence in Arizona. 2. Vision Statement We envision living in a world where there is equality, safety, justice andpeace for all.
C. Guiding Principles (1 - 7)
1. right to self-direction of lives 2. Safety, health, and justice for all abused women in Arizona. 3. Abusers must be held accountable for their actions. 4. There are multiple factors that contribute to domestic violence. (intersectionality) 5. Must find roots of violence 6. All members of society deserve to have their voice heard and to participate actively in the development and evaluation of the policies and practices that affect them. 7. All people are valuable members of the community and deserve to be treated with dignity.

D. Strategies

  1. Informative website
    a. Instructions for keeping others from knowing you visited their site
  2. Hotlines
  3. Shelters (maybe referrence)
  4. Training
    a. Legal advocacy training
    b. Hotline training
    c. basic tools and information about domestic violence, safety planning, empowerment, advocacy, legal issues, community coordination, and crisis intervention.
    d. Legislative Advocacy
    e. Confidentiality Training
    f. Representation of Domestic Violence advocacy (speaking about DV)
    g. Community-based Trainings - Various communities, organizations, agencies and programs can request a training or presentation from AzCADV. These requests are fulfilled first on a priority basis (DV Providers, Tribal or Rural communities) and then by availability of staff. 
  5. Library -- people can check out books on DV

E. Strengths

  1. Lots of information disemination
     a. website
     b. pamplets
     c. statistics
  2. Lots of references to the organization -- make it easy to find
  3. Lots of resources

F. Weaknesses

  1. Website not as easy to use as it could be
  2. Not enough education/information targeting men (on website and in their trainings) (have reference, but no direct work)

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