Abuse has met its match in Arizona!
If you didn’t know, you’re about to find out that Maricopa Arizona (and all of Pinal County) has its own superhero. That (Shero) isTorri Anderson.
Who is this Hero?
Torri Anderson is a Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board Member & Community Advocate
Torri Anderson was elected as the President of the Governing Board of the Maricopa Unified School District in February 2013 and has served as the Arizona School Board Association Secretary and Treasurer. She has also served as the Pinal County Director on the ASBA Board of Directors. She is a highly respected, dynamic visionary and community leader in the City of Maricopa and Pinal County, and has been a passionate agent for change in education and social and community areas of need. As the catalyst for Against Abuse Inc. Seeds of Change Gala, Mrs. Anderson has spearheaded the successful efforts to raise funds for and build a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Maricopa to provide a safe place for those who suffer the effects of family violence.
She served as President of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, providing significant advocacy for teachers, administrators and school boards in the advancement of student achievement. In that capacity, Mrs. Anderson stewarded the planning of the state and southwest annual conferences, which brought together teaching professionals from throughout Arizona, with an average attendance of 3000. She also provided leadership for the organization’s finances and budget and recruited new board members. She helped drive the formal incorporation of the association and update the by-laws.
As a member of the Pinal County Educational Service Agency, Mrs. Anderson facilitated teacher development workshops for Pinal County teachers, as well as facilitated teambuilding and leadership goal-setting workshops for students. While at the Kyrene Unified School District, she facilitated teacher development workshops in communication and student diversity, and A.C.E. and S.T.A.R. Teambuilding, Communication and Tolerance workshops.
In her work with Arizona State University, Mrs. Anderson served as a mentor teacher for future professionals and facilitated high school and college student peer teaching. She also has worked extensively with the Ak-Chin Indian Community, assisting with family and community diversity workshops.
During her professional career, Mrs. Anderson has worked at Arizona State University and the Maricopa Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Arizona State University and has completed significant graduate-level course work at ASU and Georgia College & State University. Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Kelly Anderson Maricopa’s inaugural mayor, reside with their three children in Maricopa.
Why Community Advocacy?
Torri, like so many of us, has known a friend, family member, or acquaintance who has suffered some form of domestic abuse. We know, based on statistics this monster (domestic abuse) is pervasive. Knowing the facts should help us all be determined to diminish abuse and its aftereffects generationally.
The Facts https://www.maricopacountyattorney.org/
- 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US. During one year this equates to more than 10 million victims.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.
- Every 44 minutes in Arizona, one or more children witness domestic violence.
- More than 40% of domestic violence victims delay leaving a dangerous situation because they fear for their pet’s safety and don’t have a safe place to take them.
- Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, or other abusive behavior as a part of a systematic pattern of power and control by one partner against another.
- Domestic violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. While frequency and severity can vary dramatically in each situation, one consistent component is abusers will try to maintain power and control over their partner
Sexual violence can have a lasting impact physically, socially,and psychologically.
Some of these impacts may include:
- Post traumatic
- Low self-esteem
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Sexually transmitted
The impact to our communities – Why this is so important an issue
Those who were assaulted in childhood were more likely than those first assaulted in adulthood to report the subsequent development of a mental disorder. Demographic characteristics of gender, age, ethnic background, and education, however, were generally unrelated to the probability of developing any specific disorder after being assaulted. Finally, major depression, drug abuse or dependence, antisocial personality, and phobia were all associated with a higher probability of subsequent sexual assault. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).
Why Torri is our Hero
Torri saw a need and decided to be proactive. She established Against Abuse Inc. Seeds of Change Gala. According to Torri, “The mission of Against Abuse Inc. is to provide services, support and education to all who experience the effects of family dysfunction and/or violence, past and present.”
Against Abuse Inc. has provided social and behavioral health services in Pinal County, Az. since 1981. Against Abuse Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and the community to understand the nature and effects of family violence and the resources available to meet the needs of those abused. In addition, the agency has taken a proactive role in providing a family focused, culturally sensitive continuum of prevention and intervention services to individuals and families in need of services.
Currently, Against Abuse Inc. has 2 crisis shelters in Pinal County. These 2 facilities serve the entire Pinal County area. The Against Abuse Incorporated Board of Directors realized the need and civic responsibility to build a shelter and expand services in the City of Maricopa; thereby ensuring safety for our identified women and children.
In October of 2005, the need to build a crisis shelter in Maricopa was established. This 1st Annual Against Abuse Inc. Seeds of Change Gala in February, 2006 was established. We sold 350 tickets and raised over $60,000! We were so excited to be able to have the building fund established. All proceeds went directly to the Maricopa Shelter Building fund. The Agency was also fortunate to have received a donation of land to build our Maricopa Shelter.
Currently, the organization is in the process of planning its 17th Annual Seeds of Change Gala. The Gala committee consists of dedicated men & women, who volunteer all year to organize this incredible event. We are excited to be moving forward with positive energy. The completion of the Maricopa Shelter was an exciting phase for Against Abuse Inc. The Ak-Chin Indian Community generously donated the $300,000 needed to complete the building construction. This Gala fundraiser is now focused on providing operating expenses for La Casa de Paz Maricopa.
The name “Seeds of Change Gala” came from the history of Maricopa’s agricultural community and the change that planting seeds can make in a field. Our hope is that we are planting positive seeds for the future of our community.
You are invited to attend this year! https://www.facebook.com/seedsofchangegala/photos/a.410404272358307/4657476527651039
To get involved please contact:
Against Abuse, Inc., 5013c
119 N. Florence St. Casa Grande, AZ 85122