TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Domestic violence affects most people in some way. Maybe not directly, but chances are somebody you know is either a victim or offender of domestic violence.
That is why the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse continues to call attention to the issue, doing so once again Monday, May 9, at its 15th annual Mother of the Year Luncheon at Westin La Paloma.
For her protection, Tucson News Now is not identifying this year's Mother of the Year winner by name, though she was introduced and recognized by nearly 500 people at the luncheon.
She is a local mother of three who overcame enormous odds and some very serious circumstances. Fortunately, her sister reached out to Emerge! and asked for help on her loved one's behalf. And that changed her life forever.
Again, this is just the latest Emerge! success story.
Another success story actually works for the center today.
"We have a former mother of the year that is now our employee, so it's kind of like that full circle," said Sarah Jimenez-Valdez, an Emerge! spokeswoman.
"We want people to know there is help out there, resources out there ... and the crisis hotline. People just need to ask for help," she said.
In Pima County, about 12,000 emergency calls are made every year due to domestic violence.
Across Arizona, one person dies every three days in a domestic violence situation.
That is where Emerge! comes into play: 888-428-0101 is the agency's 24-hour, bilingual hotline.
Operators are standing by right now to take your call.