At the Sept. 23 Goodyear City Council meeting, Mayor Georgia Lord proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city. She urged Goodyear residents to work together to eliminate domestic violence in the community.
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to educate the community on the seriousness of domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic,” said Lord. “This month, the city of Goodyear wants to demonstrate its support in ending domestic violence and to support the numerous victims who are among us.”
She then presented a Goodyear Community Funding grant of $8,000 to New Life Center, a domestic violence shelter in Goodyear, last year. Goodyear awards several grants every year to nonprofits who serve Goodyear residents.
“Domestic violence is not a women’s issue, but a community issue,” said New Life CEO Myriah Mhoon.
“We can’t do the work alone. Community partnerships must be established and maintained for our clients to have successful outcomes. We are so thankful for the city of Goodyear, our mayor, and law enforcement. “
The Goodyear Police Department Victim Assistance Program provides assistance to domestic violence victims. In an emergency, victims should call 911.
Key numbers and websites for domestic violence resources:
• Goodyear Police Department Victim Assistance number, call 623-882-7677, goodyearaz.gov/polic.
• New Life Center, 623-932-4404, newlifectr.org.
• The local domestic violence shelter hotline is 602-263-8900.
Domestic violence often has a huge impact on children.
According to its website, “New Life Center serves more than 1,000 children and adults annually through our emergency shelter and outreach support programs.
“More than 70% of New Life Center’s shelter population is children. In 2017, New Life Center served more children and provided more bed nights than any other single facility providing emergency shelter to domestic violence survivors in Arizona.”
Domestic violence can take many forms, including:
• Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, kicking, strangling (often referred to incorrectly as choking), pushing, punching, beating.
• Verbal Abuse: Constant criticism, making humiliating remarks, not responding to what you are saying, mocking, name calling, yelling, swearing, interrupting, changing the subject.
• Sexual Abuse: Forcing sex on an unwilling partner, demanding sexual acts that you do not want to perform, degrading treatment.
• Isolation: Making it difficult for you to see friends and relatives, monitoring phone calls, reading your mail, controlling where you go, taking your car keys.
• Coercion: Making you feel guilty, pushing you into decisions, sulking, manipulating children and other family members, always insisting on being right, making up impossible rules and punishing you for breaking them.
• Harassment: Following or stalking, embarrassing you in public, constantly checking up on you, refusing to leave when asked.
• Economic Control: Not paying bills, refusing to give you money, not letting you work, interfering with your job, refusing to work and support the family.
• Threats and Intimidation: Threatening to harm you, the children, family members and pets, using physical size to intimidate, keeping weapons and threatening to use them.
• Destruction of Property: Destroying furniture, punching walls, throwing things, and/or breaking things.
• Self-destructive Behavior: Abusing drugs or alcohol, threatening self-harm or suicide, driving recklessly, deliberately doing things that will cause trouble.