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No evidence of Ducey claim that victims are being charged $800 for rape kits

In his State of the State speech earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey claimed that women are being charged up to $800 in processing fees for rape kits — which would be illegal under federal law — but it's unclear whether that's actually happening.... Read more»

Arizona domestic violence shelters filling up again as abusers return to work

Arizona has the fifth highest rate of domestic violence in the country, according to the World Population Review, and throughout the pandemic, domestic violence calls and fatalities in metro Phoenix continued to rise.... Read more»

CV-19 stay-at-home orders increase domestic violence risk, experts warn

Experts say COVID-19 has become yet another way for abusers to keep their victims close and exert control over them. ... Read more»

Judges call for all immigration courts to close in wake of coronavirus

Nearly a month into a seemingly worldwide shutdown, it may be hard to find an everyday business or public area that has not been closed because of COVID-19. Many companies have allowed their employees to work from home, but businesses deemed essential are still in operation. This includes grocery stores, fuel stations, banks, transportation systems, pharmacies – and most U.S. immigration courts.... Read more»

Deportation fears worsen painful experience of domestic violence

Undocumented women face a double whammy when it comes to reporting domestic violence: the added fear of being deported, according to Dorian Townsend, executive director of Community Alliance Against Family Abuse in Arizona.... Read more»

Advocates’ hopes high for domestic violence hotline for Native women

Rape and domestic violence against Native American women have reached “epidemic proportions,” but the hotlines that could help are often unprepared for the unique cultural needs of tribal women who may live in rural areas with little support and a bewildering legal system.... Read more»

Advocates, expert: NFL cases bringing attention to domestic violence

From the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice to the Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer, cases involving NFL players are putting a national focus on domestic violence.... Read more»1