/ Modified apr 15, 2015 6:46 a.m.

Part 2: Domestic Violence Issue 'Huge,' Head of Shelter Says

1 in 4 women will be victims; 12,000 calls annually in Pima County, yet incidents are under-reported.

Ed Mercurio-Sakwa Emerge! CEO spotlight Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, CEO of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence in Tucson.


Second of Two Parts

Domestic violence in Pima County and across the country is a "huge" problem, especially for women, says the head of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence in Tucson.

Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, CEO of Emerge, detailed the issue and what services his agency offers, in an interview with AZPM's Lorraine Rivera.


  • One in four women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes, "so that means all of us know somebody who has suffered or is suffering from domestic violence." In Pima County, 12,000 reports of domestic violence are made annually.

  • Emerge serves 4,000 to 5,000 callers annually. Despite the big numbers, domestic violence is considered to be significantly under-reported, with up to nine of 10 cases never reported.

  • People who may think they are victims of domestic violence or those who suspect someone they know is a victim should call Emerge's hotline, 888 428-0101

  • Professionals answering hotline calls can help assess situations and advise on safe courses of action for victims.

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