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 am planning to leave my partner, who is verbally and sometimes physically abusive. We live together with our 4 year old daughter. If I take my daughter to live somewhere else (in state) would it be considered kidnapping? I plan on getting an emergency order of protection the following day as soon as the court opens. I want to make sure I am not breaking any law by removing her from her home.
  • I was charged with(DV) but my ex-spouse called the district attorneys office and told them that I never hurt her or had physical contact with her... I keep telling the courts "why am i being charged with a crime if there's no victim, & the so-called victim called the DA's office to inform them about that there was no assult... I do have a very bad pass record but in none of my passed have i ever had a DV on my record... Could use some advice on this matter... Thank you for your imput....
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  • I just got charged with two counts of domestic violence. I don't know weather an appeal will do anything or not also if I compleat everything the judge order how much would a set aside cost me or do I even have a chance
  • have active order of protection against my spouse currently, states no contact in any form, is my spouse legally able to hire a third party company to serve me? And what info about me that they find are they legally allowed to provide to my spouse? What are their restrictions? Our location, schools, work, housing, and phone numbers are marked as confidential
  • Injunction against harassment with "no contact" but both parties are in the same school and same classes together. How is the defendant to avoid contact? Is he required to change schools?
  • I am the petitioner of a protective order and the defendant has not been served yet. Our court date is next week. What is gonna happen? Will they dismiss it or continue it.
  • 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.
  • My girlfriend and I allowed her brother (a 300lb man) to crash with us after he got evicted. After about 2 1/2 weeks we realized this was a terrible idea and told him he needed to leave. He packed most of his things and left but took some things that didn't belong to him. Upon him returning for the last if his stuff, we told him he was not allowed to enter the premises and we would bring him his stuff. He got mad and tried to force his way into the house and my girlfriend fought him off. She got arrested for"hitting" him. Isn't this still a form of self defense considering he doesn't live here
  • my wife and i were both charged with domestic violence and both got 3 years probation. We are currently getting divorced and are wondering if at the termination of our probation can we get this charge expunged from our records?

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