Ruth Place will be a comprehensive, structured trauma recovery program focusing on the mental health of sexual violence survivors.

Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Every 9 minutes, a child is proven to be a victim. The numbers are shocking. So are the long-term effects on survivors. They experience more severe psychological and emotional distress than victims of other violent crimes.

Sexual assault survivors are more likely to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), use drugs, have difficulty holding jobs, parenting and maintaining relationships with family and friends. 

For victims in Arizona, there is often no place to go to heal. Sexual trauma sufferers need a safe place to find their words and tell their stories, to empower themselves to move from victim to survivor and then, from surviving to thriving.

Now a Pathway to Recovery is on the Way

NCJW AZ is creating Ruth Place-a comprehensive trauma recovery treatment program and social support network that empowers survivors of sexual assault and exploitation to take control over their lives and futures. 

Ruth Place will address the social, emotional, and psychological needs of survivors, their families, and friends, at all stages of the recovery process. The comforting, emotionally safe environment will provide a diverse population of survivors over age 16 access to no-cost or low-cost individual counseling, group therapy, emergency intervention mentorships, and social support networks to enable long-term trauma recovery. We are currently raising funds to make this facility a reality.

Programs will address the entire scope of sexual violence survivor experiences, the effects of intermediate and long-term trauma, and the range of needs not provided in dual/multi-service programs.

Low or no-cost In-person, outpatient, & remote treatment in a comprehensive, structured minimum 12-week trauma recovery program.

  • Access to ancillary services via agency partner “hub”
  • Survivor-facilitated support groups
  • Survivor-led mentoring/sponsorship network
  • Increase understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its effects
  • Accept the reality of the traumatic event
  • Feel emotions about the traumatic event and reduce avoidance
  • Develop balanced and realistic beliefs about the event, oneself, others, and the world
  • Decrease the emotions such as guilt, shame and anger that emanate from maladaptive beliefs about the event
  • Decrease symptoms of PTSD and depression
  • Improve day-to-day living
  • Increased trauma recovery skills
    • Increased self-esteem
    • Increased boundary-setting
    • Increased emotional regulation
    • Increased judgment and decision-making
  • Decreased mental health symptoms
    • Decreased anxiety
    • Decreased depression
    • Decreased hostility
    • Decreased posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
  • Decreased substance abuse
  • Coping and adaptive trauma strategies for episodic and chronic PTSD following established recovery methodology
  • Peer quick response intervention for recurring/episodic trauma symptoms

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Community Partners

Arizona Faith Network
Native American Connections
St. Vincent de Paul
Central Arizona Shelter Services
Human Services Campus
one n ten
Black Nurses Association
Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Arizona Center for Women’s Advancement (ACWA)
Equality Arizona
Children’s Action Alliance
Ability 360
Southwest Human Development