Emerge! offers support for people suffering from domestic violence

Published: Feb. 23, 2016 at 9:17 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 19, 2016 at 11:52 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - From the family of five killed in Phoenix on Tuesday morning, to the man killed on the northwest side on Friday morning by a woman's ex-lover, to even the father who killed his two children just before Christmas last year, there have been quite a few tragic domestic violence situations in recent months.

Employees at the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence said these situations are tragic, but they also want people in similar situations to know they are not alone.

Emerge! is available to help anyone who just feels unsafe for any reason.

Director of Domestic Abuse Services at Emerge!, Stephanie Noriega said one of the first questions employees ask is "How are you feeling?" and "Are you feeling safe?"

Noriega said most of the time they hear from people who just feel like something is wrong.

She said it's important they go with their gut.

If something doesn't feel right, they should ask for help, because there are a variety of services available.

Noriega said Emerge! has safe housing to get someone out of a dangerous situation, counseling services, and even family services for people with children.

According to Emerge!, in the past fiscal year they served 5,459 people, they provided safe housing to 343 adults and 254 children, and have taken 6,000 calls on their hotline.

Noriega said there is no right time to call; call them whenever you feel unsafe.

"I mean the minute when they think, they even have the thought, 'Maybe I should talk to somebody;' if they even have to ask, they should call because for all they know there have been ... signs the whole time, there have been things that have been coming up for months," she said.

Emerge! has a hotline number where you can call 24/7 and get help if you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation.

That number is 520-795-4266

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