TMC’s perinatal educator on ending domestic abuse in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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More than 200,000 people across the community have pledged to learn more and take action against domestic abuse.

Tucson Medical Center’s own Elizabeth Burcin was interviewed by Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse as the chair of the TMC Domestic Abuse Awareness Committee.

“It’s a silent issue for a lot of people. The community doesn’t know about the scope because so many survivors live in the shadows.”

She talks with us about why she got involved with ending domestic abuse, sharing that a co-worker kept her abuse private until the day her husband threatened her with a knife.

To read the interview, please visit the Emerge! Center against domestic abuse website.

 

New program helps domestic violence survivors find stable housing

emergeTucson Medical Center CEO Judy Rich serves on the board for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and is excited to share that Emerge! has launched a new Housing First program – three months ahead of schedule.  The program will help domestic violence survivors find housing, a big step in achieving stability in their lives, but a step that is difficult for many who lack financial resources or support.

A recent story by KVOA News 4 Tucson about the program has generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm about the project.

“Emerge! strives to stay ahead of the curve, and focuses on looking into the future to identify potential trends.  This will allow us to research, plan and develop programs,” Emerge! CEO Sarah Jones said.  “As it turns out, we are one of a few places in the state doing rapid re-housing.  This includes service providers for the homeless.  This is resulting in some additional funding for Emerge!” 

The program recently accepted $96,000 from the City of Tucson.  “They had some one-time money for housing first and we are the only agency (outside of the Red Cross) with a full program up and running eligible in the city,” said Jones.  Emerge! has a year and a half to spend it. 

For more information on Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, please click here.


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