Inside Cottonwood – Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Peg Trulson, Verde Valley Sanctuary Director of Therapeutic Services

VerdeValleyTV Oct 18, 2021 Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin talks with Cottonwood Police Department Victims Advocate Johanna Rutschow and Verde Valley Sanctuary Director of Therapeutic Services Peg Trulson about domestic violence. Let’s talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, what domestic violence looks like, and what services are available in the Verde Valley. Click here to watch the interview

The Verde Valley Sanctuary offers personalized case management, advocacy-based counseling, safety planning, and day and evening support groups with Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona offices. 

This past year, the Verde Valley Sanctuary provided services to over 2,500 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our goal is simple: to enhance the safety of and increase services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in our community and surrounding areas through education and prevention strategies. To accomplish that goal, we will need to expand both our facilities and staff. Through generous contributions we have already accomplished many great things.  

When victims of abuse arrive exhausted and traumatized, they are greeted with compassion, support, and a safe environment. Thanks to one of our donors, we now offer our residents a sound healing music therapy room for trauma mitigation. Verde Valley Sanctuary services are always completely free of charge. You can help the survivors of domestic violence as they renew their spirit to lead safe, healthy lives, empowered by the support of their community. Your contributions help in so many ways.  

As the only domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking shelter and service provider in the Verde Valley, the demand for our services has never been greater and continues to grow. COVID-19 alone had a significant impact on our services. In our surrounding communities, domestic violence incidents increased as high as 138% with in increase of the severity of injuries as well. This is unacceptable and requires all of us working together to effect positive change.  

The journey of trauma recovery is challenging but also necessary. Survivors deserve to live safe and healthy lives. But one essential piece of that journey is safety; a place of safety to allow yourself to heal and grow and a place of safety to learn to trust yourself again. We are honored to provide that safety and accompany the survivors on their journey of hope.

For help, please call 928.634.2511. 

Please visit our website to donate to the Verde Valley Sanctuary. You may also contact Community Development Director Tracey McConnell at 928.282.2755 or

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