AZ DPS

Crime Victims Services - Child Abuse


I have the right to protection

Against Abuse – La Casita de Paz

Phone: (520) 421-0767

Against Abuse Inc. (AAI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individual and the community understand the nature and effects of family violence.  AAI has provided social and behavioral health services in Pinal County, Arizona since 1981.  The children’s shelter known as La Casita de Paz opened in 1989 to provide safety and shelter to children from birth to 18 years of age who are battered, neglected, at risk of exploitation or in crisis.  La Casita is licensed by the Arizona Department of Economic Security and provides every child with unconditional emotional support, counseling, and age appropriate recreational activities in a home-like atmosphere in every degree possible.  La Casita receives placements from Arizona DES-Child Protective Services and from the Gila River Indian Community.  The majority of children placed in the facility are residents of Pinal County; however, La Casita accepts residents of other counties and states who require a safe place to await return to their home.  La Casita provides services to male and female children representing diverse racial and ethnic groups. Potential placements can be made in Casa Grande by contacting La Casita de Paz at 520-421-0767.  La Casita operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and accepts admissions at any time.


Amberly's Place

24-hour Hotline: (928) 373-0849

Amberly’s Place is a non-profit victims center providing a full range of bilingual services to victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, adult sexual assault, & child physical/sexual abuse. Our service area includes all of Yuma County & areas bordering part of Imperial County, CA. Highly-qualified, bilingual crisis advocates support victims through the initial trauma of reporting the crime, responding 24/7, on-scene or at the safe, efficient, victim-friendly center. The center is decorated in warm, tranquil colors and furniture, a large children’s playroom is available as well as two private forensic interview rooms & a modern forensic medical exam room & equipment. Offices are provided for area law enforcement & child protective services. Amberly’s houses 5 on-call (SANE) medical staff and 3 full-time victim advocates who tailor services to meet the needs of each victim. Services include on-scene & hotline crisis counseling, criminal justice support/advocacy, follow-up contact, information & referral, assistance in filing compensation claims, emergency legal and personal advocacy, & referral for therapy. A training program for volunteers, assist advocates with 24/7 coverage. Advocates take part in daily city court calls to offer help to victims who have not received crisis services during the initial report. Victims may access the center through self-referral via website or telephone (see above), referral from law enforcement or another agency.


Casa de los Niños

Phone: (520) 624-5600
www.casadelosninos.org

Casa de los Niños was founded in 1973 as one of the nation’s first crisis nurseries. The agency added VOCA supported resiliency programming in 1991. Admitting a child who has witnessed a parent homicide, sheltering 2 siblings who have been physically abused and removed from their home, or opening the door to a police officer with a child in his arms found wandering the streets alone are all among the heartbreaking situations witnessed at the crisis shelter. Casa de los Niños' Crisis Shelter Program serves up to 48 physically abused, sexually abused and neglected children daily from birth through 12 years old. The agency provides crisis shelter services 24-hours, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. Child victims receiving services from Casa de los Niños are primarily from Pima County but the shelter has provided services for victims throughout AZ. In addition to nutritious meals, a warm bed, and care from nurturing adults, the children receive 24-hr nursing care, crisis counseling, educational support, case management services, and transportation. Enriched environmental and program assistance includes developmentally appropriate resiliency-focused life skills education. All children receive physical, developmental, and socio-emotional assessments and developmentally appropriate activity based services addressing the individual needs of each child. Casa de los Niños accepts children placed by Child Protective Services and voluntary placements from families in crisis at risk for maltreatment. The agency also offers family support services, recruiting, training, and licensing foster parents, and parent education and primary abuse prevention programs. The agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services and was a recipient of the National Service Award to Victims of Crime for the year 2000.


Child Crisis Center

Phone:  (480) 969-2308
www.childcrisis.org

Child Crisis Center (CCC) was established in 1981 as a grassroots, community-based organization by a small group of volunteers who saw the need for a child abuse prevention program in the East Valley of Maricopa County, Arizona. CCC's focus on improving the mental and physical health of children and their families has not changed through the years, although CCC has grown tremendously. For more than 28 years, CCC has partnered with the Arizona Department of Economic Security to care for the children in our community. CCC serves residents of Maricopa County and the surrounding area, including the adjacent Native American Communities. Since its inception, CCC has sheltered nearly 12,000 children and served more than 19,000 individuals at its Family Resource Center. Current programs include Emergency Shelter, Family Support, Children's Counseling, Foster Care and Adoption, a Thrift Store, a Volunteer Program and Development Program. There is no charge for Emergency Shelter services. Funding comes from government grants and contracts, fundraisers, and from individual and corporate donations. The Emergency Shelter is located at 604 W. 9th Street in Mesa. The Shelter is a year-round, 24-hour facility.


Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona

Phone:  (602) 271-4500
www.childhelp.org

The Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona (CCCA) is a fully-accredited, “one-stop," comprehensive advocacy center providing investigational resources, medical treatment, mental health therapy, and victim support services to child abuse victims and their families since 1998. Mental Health Program staff provide long and short-term individual, group, and family therapy, parent education, court support and child advocacy services in a child-friendly environment to victims of abuse and neglect, ages 3 through 18. The CCCA provides a comprehensive array of services through a co-located, multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach that integrates the services of its five critical community partners: the Phoenix Police Department, Child Protective Services, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Arizona Attorney General’s Office. This collaborative effort increases the ability to prosecute and sentence abusers, safeguards victims from reoccurring abuse, and prevents other children in the community from being abused. With a caring focus, the CCCA partnership is a high profile, high volume and highly successful example of professional integration and coordination of treatment, intervention and investigation services.


Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona
Mobile Advocacy Center of Northern Arizona

Phone:  1-800-232-1018 (Safe Child Center)
www.childhelp.org

The Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona (CCCA), located in Phoenix, is the premier “one stop” advocacy center in the state that provides comprehensive, coordinated investigational resources, medical treatment, mental health therapy and victim support services to child victims of abuse. Operating under the auspices of the CCCA, the Mobile Advocacy Center of Northern Arizona was established in 2003 in partnership with the Safe Child Center at the Flagstaff Medical Center and local law enforcement. The mobile center, a specially outfitted motor home, serves victims and their families at multiple sites in Apache, Coconino and Navajo counties. The Mobile Unit provides professional services and state-of-the art telemedicine technology for the forensic interview and medical examination of abused/neglected children up to the age of 18 years old. The multidisciplinary team (MDT) takes “help” on the road in response to a disclosure of abuse. Additional services include crisis intervention to victims and non-offending family members, victim’s compensation assistance, educational literature on child abuse and substance abuse, and local resource referral information including counseling, legal aid, healthy parenting, substance abuse cessation, shelter services, orders of protection, and emergency assistance. Program goals include reducing victim trauma, providing crisis intervention for the victim and their family, and promoting a more successful conviction rate through community partnerships with CPS, the FBI, local law enforcement and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Victims are directly scheduled through Safe Child Center by calling 1-800-232-1018 and are referred by Child Protective Services, the FBI, local Police Departments, or BIA.


Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona
Colorado City Helpline

Colorado City Helpline:  1-866-972-3399
Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD®
www.childhelp.org

The goal of the Colorado City Helpline is to assist victims of all types of abuse or family violence (including forced polygamist marriage of minors) to gain a measure of safety and security. 

The Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline, (1-800-4-A-CHILD®) is a service that has been available 24 hours per day since its inception in 1982. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam, the hotline is staffed 24 hours per day by professional bachelor's and masters level crisis counselors who utilize a database of thousands of national and regional resources. Since 1982, more than 3.5 million calls have been received from children in the midst of abuse, troubled parents, individuals concerned that abuse is occurring, and others requesting child abuse information. It is a valuable resource for professionals, including school nurses, teachers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatric dentists, and fire investigators - people who need to make referrals to agencies. Communication in 140 languages is available through state-of-the-art technology that also makes possible three-way conversations with the counselor, the caller, and the nearest assistance.


Crisis Nursery

Phone:  (602) 273-7364
www.crisisnurseryphx.org

Crisis Nursery, Inc. is a 501(C)-3, non-profit, charitable organization that provides emergency shelter and support services to children who are at risk for abuse and neglect. Since our inception in 1977, CNI has provided services to crime victims and has served over 16,000 children.  Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. In order for children, who have been victims of crime, to succeed in life, they require services to address their behavioral, emotional, educational and medical needs.  CNI offers an array of support services which include crisis counseling, information and referral, medical evaluation and treatment, social work and advocacy services, speech and language screenings and educational and development services. These young victims need an environment where they could be assessed and have an opportunity to experience success and growth. Our comprehensive program of social work, health care and educational services for all children admitted has proven critical to the identification of chronic health conditions, developmental delays, and behavioral and social issues that posed barriers to these youngsters ultimately succeeding in school, in future placements and in life. With the support of clinical staff, our care giving staff and volunteers are able to help these children begin to heal and develop the skills they will need to navigate the challenges that life will offer them, as well as having the opportunities that all children need to experience childhood and achieve skills that will last them a lifetime. Services are available to residents of Maricopa County and members of the Gila River Indian Community. Crisis Nursery, Inc. is a fully licensed Child Welfare Agency through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (Provider #860324144A3).


EMPACT - SPC

Hotline:  (480) 736-4949
Hotline:  1-800-656-HOPE (Toll-free)
www.empact-spc.com

EMPACT-SPC, a partner agency with La Frontera, Inc., was founded in 1987 to provide community-based suicide prevention, family systems-based crisis intervention, and counseling services. The agency believes in the intrinsic value and goodness of the individual, family, and the community. We affirm the power of healthy families and communities as the foundation of positive change. Behavioral health and wellness are a function of healthy relationships in families and communities. Through VOCA funding, EMPACT-SPC began the Sexual Assault Program in 2002 in response to a community need, expanding the agency’s scope of practice to include targeted services for victims of sexual assault and child sexual abuse; in the fall of 2006 our department name was changed to Trauma Healing Services, thereby more accurately describing the services we provide within the larger agency. In accordance with this name change, in FY 2008 we created services available to victims of domestic violence and hate crimes in addition to sexual assault. We provide a comprehensive array of integrated services to victims of sexual or domestic violence and their loved ones, including 24/7 face-to-face crisis counseling and follow-up through mobile crisis teams, as well as crisis hotline counseling and information-referral through our 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline. In addition, licensed therapists provide individual and group therapy and trained case managers/advocates provide personal advocacy. We also collaborate with community agencies and provide community outreach and training services. All services are free of charge and available in-office in Tempe or Glendale, and in-home throughout Maricopa County.


Free Arts of Arizona

Phone:  (602) 258-8100
www.freeartsaz.org

Free Arts of Arizona, founded in 1993, is a nonprofit organization that brings therapeutic, creative arts programming to abused, neglected and at-risk children ages 3 to 21 that live in 30+ partner non-profit organizations with 110+ sites (residential treatment centers, group homes and crisis shelters) throughout Maricopa County. Free Arts is the only organization in Maricopa County that specifically targets the healing effects of the arts to children living in treatment centers, group homes and crisis centers. Free Arts offers the following four victim services programs to over 6,100 children each year.

Weekly Mentors are positive role models who make a one-hour per week commitment to share their love of the arts with a group of youth living in one of our partner facilities. With the help of one or more fellow volunteers, Mentors develop curriculum for and lead weekly sessions at a facility site, attend mentor meetings, and assist with tracking the number of children we serve through the program.

Multicultural Arts Camp Series: At camp, youth explore various art forms alongside professional teaching artists, experienced staff and caring volunteers in a day camp environment. The youth at MAC camp discover/express their inner talents while overcoming barriers and building bridges to others and the world around them.

Professional Artist Series: These series consist of in-depth programs, ranging from 3-10 sessions led by commissioned, professional teaching artists. The programs are held at partner agencies and alternative/at-risk schools. The programs culminate in an event where youth can showcase their work.

Free Arts Days are one day “Festival of the arts” for children and families who live in group homes, treatment centers or homeless shelters. At these events, children are exposed to an array of art activities which allow them to explore their creative talents while forming a bond with a caring adult.


H.A.V.E.N. Family Resource Center

Phone: (928) 505-3153
www.havenfamilyresourcecenter.com

Located in Lake Havasu City, Haven Family Resource Center is a non-profit family advocacy center that provides services to victims and family members of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, suicide, and homicide in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, and other local social service agencies. Victim services include confidential medical exams, forensic interviews, personal advocacy, legal advocacy, crisis counseling, and support groups.

HAVEN offers a child friendly atmosphere with a playroom, private medical exam room and comfortable interview rooms. Emergency needs such as personal hygiene items, clothing, and food are provided.


HomeBase Youth Services

Phone:  (602) 254-7777
www.hbys.org

HomeBase Youth Services was founded in 1991 to address the needs of homeless youth ages 18-21, who are living on the streets of Arizona. The majority of youth served in our programs have been victims of child abuse, molestation in childhood, domestic violence, physical assault, and child sexual abuse. HomeBase Youth Services maintains three facilities in which programs are administered in the Phoenix metropolitan area: the Outreach Center, the Nicholas Transitional Living Center, and the Independent Living Center. HomeBase offers a complete continuum of care for at-risk and homeless youth. Programs include Prevention, Street Outreach, Mobile Medical Outreach, an Outreach Center, a Transitional Living Program, an Independent Living Program, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Life and Employment Skills Training, Education Services and Workforce Initiative. Within these programs, HomeBase Youth Services offers crisis counseling, follow-up contact, group treatment and support, transitional housing, information, referral, and connection, criminal justice support, emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, and bus tickets, assistance in filing compensation claims, personal advocacy, substance abuse counseling, and street outreach. HomeBase Youth Services' comprehensive programs address the interrelated problems of homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and crime victimization in an environment in which youth feel safe and are willing to accept help. While most clients come primarily from Maricopa County, some come from out of state. Clients can reach HomeBase by calling the Outreach Center at (602) 254-7777.


Interagency Council

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-347-7135 or (928) 855-8877
Office Phone: (928) 453-5800
Toll-free: 1-888-453-5802
www.lhcinteragency.org

Interagency Council began in 1983 as a network for all volunteer social services in the Lake Havasu City area. It has since grown into an agency with 36 staff that provides a variety of services through 26 different programs to individuals in Mohave County and on a limited basis in La Paz County. Interagency Council’s victim service program was established in 1986. We provide services to (1) adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, assault, child molestation, and elder abuse; and (2) child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Services offered that are directly related to victims include: crisis hotline, response and intervention (24 hours a day/7 days a week); individual and group counseling and support work by certified counselors; lay legal and court advocacy and referrals to free legal services; victim compensation assistance; emergency shelter beds for women and children; long-term transitional housing; and personal advocacy. Other Interagency Council services offered to victims include: financial assistance for rent, mortgages, utilities, and deposits; transportation assistance; community food bank; parenting classes; financial fitness classes; individual and group counseling for substance abuse issues and a relapse prevention program; Healthy Families Arizona; respite care for elderly victims with dementia; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Holiday Adopt a Family; and referral information to other agencies’ services. Victims can contact Interagency Council 24 hours a day through the Crisis Line (1-800-347-7135 or 928-855-8877), or through the Police Department, Sheriff's Department, Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement, or the State Parks Law Enforcement. The office, located at 1940 Mesquite Avenue, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, is open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.


Jewish Family and Children’s Services - Project Safe Place

Phone:  (520) 886-5111, ext. 426
www.jfcstucson.org

Project Safe Place (PSP) is a gender-specific, community-based program for girls and young women, ages 8-18, who have been sexually, physically and/or emotionally abused, and their families. Recognizing sexual and physical violence as a critical problem in the Pima County community, Project Safe Place empowers young women who are victims of violence to choose healthier coping behaviors before they too become an adult statistic. Through intensive individual and peer counseling, parent education, and mentoring, the girls and their families learn how their traumatic experiences affect their emotional, behavioral and family functioning and develop positive, healthy ways to manage their feelings and behaviors.

Project Safe Place has provided intensive individual, group & family counseling & case management services, parent education & family mentoring to girls ages 8 - 18 with histories of sexual &/or physical abuse, & their families since October 1996. Program services are available to residents of Pima County regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Project Safe Place services are designed to facilitate healing & recovery from crime victimization by providing psychoeducation; skill development; structured activities; ongoing stable & consistent support; teaching coping skills including resiliency, enhancing self-sufficiency and promoting individual success. Project Safe Place is the only program in Pima County which provides comprehensive, gender-specific programming for this extremely vulnerable, at-risk population.  Program services are easily accessible to all persons. JFCS is open Monday-Thursday until 8 pm and Friday until 5:00pm in order to facilitate access to services. Referrals may come from a variety of sources or clients may self-refer.


Las Familias

Phone:  (520) 327-7122 x221
www.arizonaschildren.org or www.lasfamilias.org

Las Familias was founded by a community collaboration in 1983 specifically to address the needs of individuals in Pima County victimized by childhood sexual abuse. The agency merged with Arizona's Children Association in 2004. Las Familias is an outpatient clinic licensed by the State of Arizona and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation(COA).

Those eligible for victim services include:  child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse, children and adolescents who act out sexually or are suspected of having been sexually abused, non-offending parents, siblings of victims of sexual abuse, extended family members, adults molested as children, spouses and significant others of adults molested as children.

Healing services include: information and referral; crisis support; crime victims' assistance; psycho-social education; individual, family, group and play therapy; case management; and follow up. Victims' services are structured around three programs¡ Extended Crisis Services, Children's Treatment, and the Adults Molested As Children Program.

Adult victims can contact Las Familias directly by calling the Intake Coordinator during regular business hours at (520) 327-7122 x221. Las Familias is located in Central Tucson at 3618 E. Pima St.  The Intake Coordinator answers questions, offers immediate assistance, and either refers the client to a more appropriate agency or sets up an intake appointment.  Those calling on behalf of child victims are referred to Child Protective Services and the appropriate law enforcement jurisdiction for completion of the investigation. The investigative entity, Advocacy Center, or other mental health providers refer child victims.


Safe Child Center at Flagstaff Medical Center

Phone:  (928) 773-2053 (Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm)
After hours: (928) 779-3366 and ask for shift coordinator
www.fmcsafechild.com

The Safe Child Center at Flagstaff Medical Center serves abused and traumatized children from birth through 18 years old and extends services to adult victims with developmental disabilities throughout Coconino, Navajo, and Apache counties, including Indian Nations with mobile unit service. We work in partnership with other agencies to achieve a coordinated, comprehensive evaluation of child victims.  Medical evaluations are conducted to assess the overall well-being of the child with an emphasis on signs and symptoms of abuse, including injury, infection, and recoverable evidence.  Digitally recorded interviews are in collaboration with investigative agencies to improve the quality and admissibility of evidence. Team members participate in case review, investigative protocol training, victim rights and compensation assistance, referrals for counseling and other services, trauma assessments and counseling, and are available for court testimony.  Safe Child responds with child-friendly, developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive approaches to reassure children about their health and facilitate healing.  We encourage family members to share concerns and ask questions about their child's well being, how to better support their child, and work with the judicial system.  Safe Child Center accepts referrals for suspected child abuse, suspected abuse of developmentally delayed adults, and child witnesses to crime or violence from regional law enforcement, child protection, and the judicial system. 


Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center

Phone: (520) 243-6420
kharper@soazadvocacy.org
www.soazadvocacy.org

The Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that was established in 1996.  The Center was established under a collaborative agreement with Pima County Attorney’s Office, four local law enforcement agencies, and the Department of Economic Security/Child Protective Services.  Children from birth to 18 years of age who are victims of maltreatment can receive services at the Center through the victim services program.  Referrals for services come from law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and county attorney offices throughout southern Arizona.  Children come to the Center from Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Graham counties.  At the Center, the team of trained child development professionals provides a comprehensive array of forensic evidence collection and support services in a one-stop, child-sensitive environment.  These services include video- and audio-taped forensic interviews.  On-site medical evaluations are completed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and a pediatrician; these medical personnel are competent in the forensic evaluation of children.  Advocacy and case management services are offered to the children and their families.  Families receive victim compensation application assistance, crisis intervention, and multidisciplinary case coordination services.  Advocates provide after-hours triage support.  In addition, the Center conducts mandated reporter trainings for educators, child-care providers, hospital personnel, parent groups, and community service agencies.  These trainings incorporate child abuse awareness, predator awareness, and mandated reporting requirements and procedures.  The trainings benefit victims because they facilitate reporting and this, in turn, mitigates the cycle of abuse. 


Valley Youth Organization – Stepping Stones Domestic Violence Shelter

24-hour Advocacy Lines: (928) 445-4673
Business Office: (928) 772-4184
www.steppingstonesaz.org

Strategically trained specialists/advocates are available to respond 24/7 to women and children who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse & other forms of victimization in West Yavapai County. We provide 24/7 emergency safe shelter, advocacy, crisis intervention, triage & stabilization, follow-up, personal advocacy, emergency financial assistance & safety planning.  Victims usually contact us by referral from Child Protective Services, our 5 law enforcement entities & Yavapai County Attorney Victim Witness office.  Secondarily, they are referred by local social service agencies or self-referred.  Victims may visit our website listed above to find potential danger assessments & information to help them make decisions. We do significant community outreach, education & coordination to try to improve service delivery to victims of crime.


Yavapai Family Advocacy Center

Phone: (928) 775-0669
www.yfac.org

The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center provides a coordinated delivery of multi-agency response to victims and serves all of Yavapai County, including the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Victims of child/adult abuse/neglect, sexual assault and domestic violence are referred by law enforcement, Child Protective Services or the County Attorney. Services available to victims include: forensic medical examinations, forensic interviewing, court advocacy, victim compensation assistance, legal advocacy (assistance with Orders of Protection, and civil legal referral), crisis counseling, social advocacy (food, shelter, clothing etc.) and Child Protective Services resource coordination. The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center is an accredited member of the National Children's Allianc