Amberly’s Place opens advocacy center in Yuma

Amberly’s Place opens advocacy center in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. – Amberly’s Place, a non-profit group that provides assistance to sexually abused victims and domestic violence, opened a new advocacy center in Yuma on Friday.

The non-profit has offered services to the Desert Southwest for over 17 years.

Since the beginning they have helped countless victims with centers in San Luis, Wellton, Somerton and Yuma.

“We’re on call 24-7, 365. So if there’s a case law enforcement calls out and we respond to law enforcement,” Amberly’s Place Marketing Coordinator Trevor Umphress said.

Now with a new advocacy center in Yuma, Arizona’s attorney general says, he hopes more people know how important victims rights are.

“We wanted to make sure as the state attorney general people knew how important victims rights and how important places like Amberly’s place in helping protect victims and their family,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said.

Over 100 community members gathered for the ribbon cutting on Friday, showing their support.

“It’s very much a collaborative area and today that’s reinforced from the border, all the way to California. We work together as a group to provide whats best for are community,” City of Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls said.

With the help of law enforcement and local hospitals, Amberly’s Place executive director says they were able to make this new facility happen.

Several of the rooms have murals to help keep a comfortable and safe atmosphere. Trevor says opening the new facility has made him feel blessed.

“Blessed, honored. The amount of work it’s taken to do this work for the past two years,” Umphress said.

The new center will open it’s doors to victims on Wednesday, January 27th.

For anyone who has been abused or knows someone that is a victim you can call police or the crisis hotline at 928-373-0849.

 

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