PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Foundation are making victims of sexual assault and domestic violence a priority with new funding for its Victim Services Center.

On Tuesday, the foundation announced a fundraising campaign to raise $550,000 to renovate the city’s Victim Center at the Phoenix Police Department’s Family Investigations Office on North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

The center welcomes more than 2,400 victims of sexual assault and domestic violence each year.

Tim Thomas, president and CEO of the Phoenix Police Foundation, said the goal was to make the space more comfortable and safer for those who report crimes.

“This new space will provide a more welcoming environment, with warmer interview rooms, private waiting rooms and direct entry to a forensic nurse examination room allowing victims more safety and security. “, said Thomas.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego attended the announcement and spoke about how much needed these services are for the people of Phoenix.

“One in 6 women will be the victim of attempted rape or rape in her lifetime. 1 in 71 men will be sexually assaulted,” Gallego added.

“We look forward to embarking on a project that can bring even a little peace during some of the darkest times in a person’s life.”

The project will also reconfigure the workspace of detectives to provide a more collaborative environment while investigating these crimes.

Phoenix Police Chief Jerri Williams attended the announcement and explained how it will help his team.

“This new and improved equipment will enhance our investigative capabilities and improve the quality of work our men and women do day in and day out,” Williams said. “The redesigned workspace will foster collaboration and help us stay focused on these crimes.”

The police foundation has raised nearly $200,000 and will continue to accept donations until the renovation is complete.

Thomas said the renovations should be complete by the end of the year.

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