Alice's Place receives two grants to help keep hotline service up and running

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Alice's Place, a domestic violence shelter in Winslow, Arizona, received grants of $3,500 from Arizona Public Service and $2,500 from Arizona Women's Partnership, which allows the shelter to continue its hotline services to help those in need.

Alice's Place is the only domestic violence shelter within a 60 to 100 mile radius of Winslow.. It promotes individual empowerment by providing safe, confidential choices and culturally sensitive support to victims and survivors of domestic violence, according to its website.

The shelter services a large amount of people from the Navajo reservation because of its proximity. The shelter offers many different services including a 90-day shelter program, crisis intervention, case management, legal advocacy, awareness/prevention education and more. But the 24-hour intervention hotline is one of the most crucial aspects to the program because it is the entry point for at least 98 percent of the shelter's clients.

"We are so thankful for community partners like APS and Arizona Women's Partnership, [which] make it possible for us to help these victims," said Executive Director of Alice's Place Theresa Warren.

In 2015, the hotline received 264 calls, most of which resulted in intake of the client to the program. Other calls were for educational resources or from law enforcement. A large portion of the people served at Alice's Place, 75 percent in shelter and 60 percent of overall clients, are Native American.

"Domestic violence is an issue that goes largely overlooked because it happens behind closed doors, so with exposure, community support and issue education, we hope that it will eventually be a thing of the past," Warren said.

The shelter is available 24-hours a day to assist anyone with questions or concerns about domestic violence by telephone at (928) 289-3003, toll free at (888) 531-7233. More information about Alice's Place is available at www.alicesplaceshelter.org.

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