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About Us

The Verde Valley Sanctuary began in 1993 as a grassroots organization of women who were concerned about domestic violence in our community. The original group of volunteers began taking crisis calls in their homes and transporting victims of abuse to the nearest shelters in Flagstaff, Prescott, and Phoenix.

Thanks to generous donations from the community we were able to open our first shelter in 1994 in a leased modular home that slept six.

Since then the Verde Valley Sanctuary has strategically expanded and now offers comprehensive services for victims of family violence and assault including a 28 bed shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, advocacy and counseling services, legal support and community wide education and prevention programs.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior. This pattern can include abuse of various sorts of one family member by another including: physical, sexual, economic, emotional, or psychological.

Perpetrators of domestic violence have a goal to establish and maintain power and control over their partners and/or other family members. This violence affects people in every racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic group and includes people of all ages who have lived together or who have had an intimate relationship.

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