3 Pinal agencies receive money through Violence Against Women Act

December 21, 2020
In The News

CASA GRANDE — Three Pinal County-based organizations will receive a share of recent Violence Against Women Act funding provided through the Arizona STOP Violence Against Women grant program.

Receiving a portion of the $2.5 million funding are:

  • Against Abuse, $142,500
  • Gila River Health Care, $142,500 and
  • the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, $124,994.

At Against Abuse, which provides domestic violence services in Casa Grande and Maricopa, the organization was excited to receive the grant money, said Maria-Elena Ochoa, deputy director of Against Abuse.

“We are excited and grateful to have been awarded the VAWA funding,” Ochoa said. “Victims in Pinal County need immediate safety and an abundance of services and supports because of the abuse perpetrated against them.”

Last fiscal year, Against Abuse served nearly 1,000 women, children and men.

“This important funding will help us continue to provide victims what they need to be safe, start to heal from the trauma and begin to thrive in their new lives as true survivors,” Ochoa said.

Statewide, 22 organizations will receive funding through the program, which aims to address sexual assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking, stalking and dating violence.

The federal funds are administered on the state level through the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

“Arizona is committed to supporting ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to these horrendous crimes,” Maria Cristina Fuentes, director of the office, said in a press release. “This funding will help expand and strengthen trauma-informed, victim-centered services that build resilience, support survivors and address the underlying cause of trauma.”

Other organizations in Arizona receiving the funds from the 2020 distribution are:

  • Alice’s Place Inc.
  • Amberly’s Place Family Advocacy Center
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council
  • BLOOM365
  • Prescott Police Department
  • Family Violence Center, Arizona State University
  • Legal Services for Crime Victims in Arizona
  • Mariposa Community Health Center
  • Navajo County Attorney’s Office
  • New Life Center
  • North Country HealthCare
  • Prescott Valley Police Department
  • Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
  • Sojourner Center
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Surprise Prosecutor’s Office
  • Victim Witness Services for Coconino County

“As a former law enforcement officer, I have seen firsthand the uniquely heinous kind of damage domestic and sexual violence can do to survivors and families,” U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran said in a press release. “I am pleased to see much-needed funding headed to Arizona organizations that are working tirelessly to ensure survivors can access the resources, support and protection they need. We must permanently reauthorize VAWA and continue to fight for change at every level.”

Against Abuse is a nonprofit agency that provides various services to the community including a children’s residential youth program, two domestic violence shelters for women and their children, a transitional housing program, group and out-patient community-based services, supervised visitation and safe exchange services, case management, advocacy, animal safe homes, volunteer programs and a thrift store/clothing bank.

The organization operates shelters in Casa Grande and Maricopa.

Against Abuse in October canceled its biggest fundraiser of the year, Taste of Casa Grande, which tends to raise thousands of dollars for the organization’s operating fund.