Last year, Payson’s Time Out, Inc. served 20 percent more women in its emergency shelter than in years past. With such a growing demand for services, the shelter has been in need of additional funding. Thankfully, the group has received two grants within recent months.
In November, the shelter announced the Mary Kay Foundation had awarded it a $20,000 grant and this month, the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families awarded Time Out, Inc. a federal Stop Violence Against Women grant.
The local domestic violence shelter will use grant funds to expand victim services, focusing STOP grant funding on helping rural minority women including those with language barriers.
“It is well known that victims in rural communities face unique challenges not often
encountered in urban areas,” said Sue Yale, chair of Time Out, Inc. board. “The Governor’s STOP grant ensures that some of the most vulnerable victim populations in Gila County — minority women and those with language barriers — have access to timely, comprehensive support through Time Out programs.”
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) helps make STOP grant funds possible.
The act ensures that legal and social services are available to women, men and children threatened by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
VAWA has provided life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims across the United States.
In partnership with local law enforcement, courts and community organizations, Time Out will offer increased shelter services, bilingual advocacy including help with safety planning and domestic violence education, and lay legal advocacy to increase victims’ familiarity with and access to the criminal justice system.
Services are also funded in part by the Department of Economic Security and the State of Arizona.
“Our community has come a long way in meeting the needs of victims, yet there still remains a significant gap between funding and the demand for services,” said Linda Timmer, Time Out’s acting executive director. “Last year we served 20 percent more women in our emergency shelter than in prior years. As more victims courageously request services to escape from life-threatening situations, it is essential that their needs are met.”
A 2010 Bureau of Justice study showed that an increase in the number of legal services available to victims is associated with a decrease in intimate partner homicide.
Other reports show significant cost savings from a reduction in violence through the issuance of protection orders.
For more information on domestic violence programs and services, contact Time Out, Inc. at (928) 472-8007 or www.timeoutshelter.org.