Sept. 30, 2013
PHX11, the city’s award-winning news and information station, examines the problem of domestic violence in Phoenix during an hour-long special, “Behind Closed Doors.”
The program, which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, will have multiple replays in October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
One in four Arizona women will be a victim of domestic violence, according to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Fire Crisis Response team responded to 76 domestic-violence incidents between June and August of this year.
Producer and host Deborah Sedillo Dugan interviewed two survivors of domestic violence for the special: “Maria,” who shares her gripping story of survival, and “Michelle,” who defines herself not as a victim, but as victorious.
The program also features interviews with Police Sgt. Marc Rivers; City Prosecutor Aarón J. Carreón-Aínsa; Crisis Response Team volunteer coordinator Kerry Ramella; Family Advocacy Center Director Libby Bissa; forensic nurse Tiffany Kirby; and Doreen Nicholas of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
PHX 11 programs can be seen on Cox Cable Channel 11, phoenix.gov and youtube.com/cityofphoenixaz. For replay times or to view programs on demand, visit phoenix.gov/11.