TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people in the community are calling for help tonight, as domestic violence reporting is on the rise. Nearly one-third of American women will be physically or sexually abused by a partner at some point in their lives.
"With that we are experiencing an increase in referrals to the organization and we are going to need to look at increasing our capacity to make sure they can we can respond to those cases," said Anna Harper-Guerrero, Emerge! Executive Vice President.
So what can you do to help?
Next Friday, April 27 is the Mother Of the Year Luncheon and silent auction at JW Marriott at Starr Pass. For $75 a plate, guest will get a meal and can hear more about how their donation will help them grow.
Guests will also hear about this year's winner of the "Answering the call" Award, an honor given to an individual or group who is taking action to challenge the conditions that allow violence to happen.
This year "Step Up to Justice" is being highlighted.
Step Up to Justice is a free civil legal center for low-income individuals and families in Pima County.
"This group of attorneys in our community saw this unmet need and realized that people did not have the access that they needed," said Harper-Guerrero.
"We want to make sure women who want to make a fresh start can navigate the legal system. they need protective orders, they need divorces, they need child custody and unfortunately the system is incredibly complicated," said Stacy Butler, with Step Up for Justice.
Not able to attend the Luncheon. The staff at Emerge! say they are always looking for volunteers. Or if you are too busy for that, here is a list of items they are in constant need of at Emerge!:
And if this story has you thinking about someone you know, there are a couple of ways to help.
"If you feel worried about someone, it's OK to tell them, so it's OK to offer help. It's OK to tell them that if they ever want to talk you are available to them," said Harper-Guerrero. "And if that's not what they say that's what they need in that moment, just respect that and make sure you stay available to them."
Emerge! Crisis Line 888-428-0101