The Rural PATHS (Partners in Transformation for Health and Safety) – Coordinated Community Response in Southern Arizona Addressing Violence Against Rural Women Project’s goal is to enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking and their children while promoting their ability to access culturally appropriate services within their communities, and will continue serving the needs of rural victims of domestic violence.
Building on ten years of work with the Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project (BIWP) this project has secured renewal funding to continue supporting Task Forces in the four rural counties of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz. The project will expand services and coordination with an emphasis on rural victims of sexual assault. Rural PATHS will focus on the improvement of coordinated community response, the provision of crisis, advocacy and therapy direct services, increased awareness and education, and adoption of a formal protocol for sexual assault in each county.
Rural PATHS will continue its mission to address the safety needs of rural and immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children. To this end, project members will continue educating service providers about victimization dynamics, with a specific focus on sexual assault, and continue efforts to reach out to women and children who are the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.
The project will ensure enhanced training for Coordinators and Task Force members by supporting and providing additional training in the area of sexual assault. With assistance from the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA), and available trainings through OVW-sponsored technical assistance providers.
See the County Task Force pages at the right to learn more about local activities in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz County, and to get involved.