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PROJECT VIOLENCE IS PREVENTABLE (VIP): EMPOWERING YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES AGAINST VIOLENCE


(ARIZONA) - Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) is proud to announce that it has been selected as a grant recipient by the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family to launch Project VIP (Violence Is Preventable) in Pinal and Mohave Counties. This initiative aims to address and prevent violence against women in high-risk and underserved areas of Arizona.


Project VIP focuses on implementing comprehensive prevention and intervention approaches to combat violence against women, especially in isolated and underserved communities. The program is designed to achieve the following four key goals:


1) Increase Protective Factors for Youth: Empower youth in Pinal County by enhancing protective factors that help them avoid unhealthy relationships with the potential for abuse. The program also seeks to increase awareness and knowledge among youth to identify harmful behaviors in themselves or others that may lead to abuse.



2) Bystander/Community Awareness and Support: Raise awareness and knowledge within the community regarding abuse and violence towards women. By increasing awareness, Project VIP aims to provide resources and support for women who are victims of violence.



3) Enhance Self-Sufficiency and Safety for Women Survivors: Employing a survivor-centered approach to increase self-sufficiency, safety, and healing for women survivors of violence, including those affected by human trafficking. The program recognizes the unique challenges faced by survivors in rural communities and tailors its approach accordingly.



4) Promote Accountability and Behavior Change: To break the cycles of violence, Project VIP works towards increasing accountability, coping skills, and behavior change for individuals who have committed abuse or violence against women. By addressing the root causes, the program seeks to contribute to the lasting prevention of violence in the targeted communities.



"We are honored to receive this grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family to expand our efforts in Pinal and Mohave County through Project VIP," said Gauri Gladish, CEO of Arizona Youth Partnership. "This funding allows us to make a meaningful impact by ending violence against women in high-risk and underserved locations in Arizona. Project VIP includes programming targeting youth, survivors of violence/human trafficking, community-bystanders, and offenders of violence against women. The focus for all approaches is to prevent or end violence against women in our communities through a comprehensive and evidence-based approach."


AZYP is dedicated to working collaboratively with community partners, stakeholders, and residents to achieve the program's objectives and contribute to a future free from violence against women in Arizona.


For more information, visit azyp.org/projectvip or contact JulieCraig at 928-961-0426 | JulieC@azyp.org.


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About Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP):

AZYP is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people and their families. AZYP works collaboratively with communities to develop innovative programs and services that address the unique challenges faced by youth. For more information about AZYP, please visit www.azyp.org.


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