The Victim Advocates at CARE 7 are available on a daily basis to support victims of crime in the Tempe community. The advocates respond to questions the victim may have, anticipate the victim's needs, and provide support through the criminal justice system. These services are free of charge. If you are in need of victim services, please email or call 480-350-8004
Emotional support to victims of crime
Information and assistance regarding the investigation and criminal justice system
Assistance with Orders of Protection
Assistance with Injunctions Against Harassment
Victim's liaison with the Tempe Police Department
Information on legal services
Referrals to community agencies
Information regarding VAWA
Information on Victim's Rights
Information on the Victim Compensation Program
Assistance with obtaining a SANE exam.
Working with the Tempe Prosecutor's Office, CARE 7 will help a victim understand their rights and assist in filling out paperwork for their court cases. Please note, victim advocates do not provide legal assistance or legal advice.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a special classification under the law that pertains to individuals who are married or were previously married, individuals who are related, individuals who are currently living together or previously lived together, individuals who have a child together, and individuals in a romantic relationship or previously in a romantic relationship.
Domestic violence laws cover much more than physical violence such as punching. For example, domestic violence may include sexual, economic, emotional and psychological abuse, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.
Abusers want to establish and maintain power and control over the victim.
Cycle of Violence
Most domestic violence cases follow a pattern known as the Cycle of Violence. Understanding this cycle may help you predict the next step of your abuser.
Tension Builds – Abuser insults, threatens and controls victim.
Explosion – Outbursts of violence, abuser blames victim, victim is punished for challenging authority.
Honeymoon Phase – Abuser begs for forgiveness, promises it will never happen again, swears that he/she will change.
Victim advocates can help you recognize domestic violence, develop safety plans and assist you in obtaining an Order of Protection.
If you or someone you love is in need of assistance, please contact us by email or call 480-350-8004.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence.
Forms of Sexual Violence Include:
• Sexual assault/rape
• Child sexual assault and molestation
• Sexual assault by a person’s spouse or partner
• Unwanted sexual contact/touching
• Sexual harassment
• Sexual exploitation and trafficking
• Exposing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
• Masturbating in public
• Sharing nude images without consent
CARE 7 victim advocates can help arrange a SANE exam regardless of whether or not a victim wants to report the crime.
If you or someone you love is in need of help, CARE 7 victim advocates are available to answer questions, provide emotional support, walk through the investigative process with you and provide court accompaniment, contact us by email or phone 480-350-8004.