The state Senate's majority leader refused to resign from the Legislature on Monday as he drew bipartisan criticism over a roadside altercation with a woman who was his girlfriend at the time.Read More »
Several Democratic senators are calling on Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard to resign from the Legislature because of an alleged domestic violence incident, and for an ethics investigation if he doesn't.
Sen. Ron Gould, who chairs the Senate Ethics Committee, wants Bundgaard to at least resign his leadership post.
A police report released March 2 concerning the roadside scuffle between Arizona Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard and his then-girlfriend says the woman accused Bundgaard of hitting her twice in the chest, throwing her cell phone out the driver’s side window and threatening to abandon her on the freeway.Read More »
An Arizona legislator is apologizing for a domestic violence incident involving a now-former girlfriend.Read More »
The state's longest-serving sitting court judge has been reappointed to the bench in Glendale.Read More »
Domestic violence affects women of every country, culture and income level, and victims are often reluctant to seek help for a variety of reasons.
When a woman is in the U.S. illegally, however, she will be even more reluctant to come forward, law enforcement officials and victims’ advocates say. Undocumented immigrants as a group fear dealing with police, and some abusers use that fear as a lever, threatening to turn in their victims and separate them from children through deportation.
The Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project has been connecting victims and their families with legal aid since 1997. The program serves approximately 12,000 victims annually.Read More »
Requiring each Arizona school board to hold a public meeting to consider whether or not to adopt a curriculum on dating violence would better inform board members about the problem among teens, a state lawmaker says.Read More »
The state Senate passed two bills March 8 intended to curb abuse in family and intimate relationships by expanding the list of crimes that qualify as domestic violence.Read More »
A new law expanding domestic violence protections to dating couples reflects the modern reality that relationships have many forms and abuse can occur in any of them, a state official said. "Protection of people is more important than the status of relationship," said Greg Stanton, a deputy attorney general who helped push for the change.Read More »