Crime Victims Services - Cochise County Services
Cochise County Attorney’s Victim Witness Program
Started in 1987, the Cochise County Attorney’s Victim Witness Program provides a variety of services to assist crime victims, witnesses, and their families by responding to their emotional and physical needs, assisting them in stabilizing their lives after a victimization, helping them to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, and providing them with a measure of safety and security.
Using professional program staff, court advocates, and volunteer victim crisis advocates, the Victim Witness Program provides 24-hour on-site crisis intervention, personal advocacy and referrals to social service agencies, victim compensation and application assistance, notification of court hearings, and court accompaniment.
The program provides services to victims and witnesses of misdemeanor or felony crimes such as sexual and physical assault, homicide, domestic violence, harassment, child sexual and physical abuse, elder abuse, homicide, criminal damage, robbery, and fraud that occur within Cochise County.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Southern Arizona
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, grassroots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide. This office, founded in 1982, serves Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Pinal, and Yuma Counties County. Our advocates are also working hard to assist the large Native American population in and around our service areas including the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Apache Nation, Gila River Tribes and San Carlos Apache Reservation. This includes providing victim services and eventually direct victim services training for local volunteers. MADD Southern Arizona provides assistance to victims, family members and friends of impaired driving crashes through grief support groups, victims' rights information along with court accompaniment, victim impact panels and referrals to partnering agencies. MADD provides services to all persons victimized by the crime of drunk driving, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or age.
Southeastern Arizona Domestic Violence Program
(Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona)
Sierra Vista hotline: (520) 458-9096
Nogales phone: (520) 287-2107
Douglas shelter: (520) 364-2465
The Southeastern Arizona Domestic Violence Program provides services to victims of domestic violence in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, as well as to those from other regions as needed.
Victim referrals come from law enforcement, hospitals, social service organizations, state and national domestic violence hotlines and coalitions, homeless shelters, victim-witness programs, churches, schools and frequently survivors themselves. The shelters provide 24-hour emergency shelter, and crisis intervention services to female victims of domestic violence and their children. Other services, offered both to shelter residents and to the community, include safety planning, court accompaniment, systems and legal advocacy, survivor groups, children's services and referrals to outside and community agencies.
All three shelters provide individual case management and emergency shelter for victims of crime, free of charge. The Sierra Vista Domestic Violence Shelter (a 40-bed facility located in Sierra Vista) and The House of Hope (a 24-bed shelter in Douglas) serve Cochise County. Our House/Nuestra Casa (a 10-bed shelter in Nogales) is the only shelter providing these services in Santa Cruz County.
All three shelters staff 24-hour crisis lines that provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance in locating shelter as well as basic information and referrals.
Male victims receive the same services that female victims do, with the exception of emergency shelter.
Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center
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.