Eve’s Place Announces Second Annual Grand Ball With Special Guest Speaker Denise Brown
 Eve’s Place will host its second annual charity fundraising ball presented by Henry Madison Research, Inc. with special guest speaker Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson. The gala will take place at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa in Glendale, Ariz. starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th 2008. The fundraiser helps to raise awareness about
domestic violence (DV) and provides a revenue source for safety and services to empower women and children who are victims of DV.

 “Domestic violence is a problem that affects everyone,” states Velda King, President of Eve’s Place Board of Directors.  In Arizona alone, over 17,000 women and children are affected.  “We may not know it, but we all know someone who has been affected in some way by DV.  It costs at least $67,000 a month to keep our doors open.”

Eve's Place a place for Domestic Violence Victims

By LeeAnn Sharpe
 The Mission of Eve's Place is to provide hope and assistance to victims of domestic violence. Their goal is to educate the public about domestic violence and provide programs to empower abused women and children.

 Eve’s Place recently hosted a ball and auction to raise funds for their domestic violence victim shelter program. Among the many concerned and caring guests attending ball were Don and Mary Larkin, of Larkin Associates, in Surprise, Richard Stevens, Crystal Vanthoff and Carol Fuller. Dorothea Boothe and Marylou Stevens Board of Directors Eve's Place, along with Velda King, President of Eve's Place with her husband Ron King; and Barbara Levy were four of the Eve's Place staff that worked very hard for months before the event and did not stop till the last guest had departed. A few of the other guests included Michael Fahey, Executive Director Sun Valley Lodge, Sun City; Sharon Phillips; Herme Sherry, Arizona State Senator Jim Waring; Mike and Diane Shapiro Lemke; Skip Hanson; and Dr. Geoff Radoff.

 Denise Brown was the keynote speaker. In 1994, Denise lost her younger sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, in one the most publicized murder cases in American history. Nicole was a long time victim of domestic violence at the hand of her famous football star husband O.J. Simpson.

 Since the loss of her sister, Denise has committed her life to raising awareness against domestic violence and has established The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation in Nicole's memory, to assist victims of domestic violence.

 Since early 1995, Denise has traveled to various states speaking on domestic violence. She has helped raise funds for local shelters all across the country with her appearances, and has assisted in the success of a major project called the Vine System, an automated victim notification service of the release of batterers from prison. As part of her commitment, Denise has worked to help pass a variety of legislative solutions for domestic violence. One of her most important projects was to lobby on behalf of the “Violence Against Women Act”. U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania contacted Denise Brown and asked for her assistance on a portion of the bill that was being stalled in committee in the U.S. Senate. With a potential reduction of its federal allocation to domestic violence services, Denise testified to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for increased funding for the “Violence Against Women Act”. After her testimony, that portion of the bill's funding was increased from $18 million to $32 million. U.S. Senators Biden and Hatch have cited Denise as "having done more for the issue of domestic violence than any other individual." 

“I made a promise to Nicole so that she did not die in vain, and to keep this promise I’ve dedicated all my energies to making our communities safer through education and awareness, sharing programs that work, helping pass legislation, and challenging us all to stand up for what is right. I’ve learned two things on my continuing journey, one that I’m not alone in my loss, and two that I’m not alone in my determination to make sure that the epidemic of violence does not go unanswered. I do this in Nicole’s name,” says Denise.

 Advice to the abused.

  • If you are in a relationship and a victim of domestic violence you need to:

  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs - avoid rooms with no exits (bathroom), or rooms with weapons (kitchen). 

  • Think about and make a list of safe people to contact.

  • Keep change with you at all times.

  • Memorize all important numbers.

  • Establish a "code word" or "sign" so that family, friends, teachers or co-workers know when to call for help.

  • Think about what you will say to your partner if he\she becomes violent.

  • Remember: You have the right to live without fear and violence.            

         If you have left the relationship:         

  • Change your phone number & Screen calls.

  • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or other incidents involving the batterer.

  • Change locks, if the batterer has a key.

  • Avoid staying alone.

  • Plan how to get away if confronted by an abusive partner.

  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.

  • Vary your routine.

  • Notify school and work contacts.

  • Call a shelter for battered women.        

        For more info, check out the Domestic Violence Safety Tips page on http://www.safetyatevesplace.org/tips.html                     

Workplace Guidelines              

There are 60,000 incidents of on-the-job violence each year, and most victims know their attackers intimately.
If you are experiencing domestic violence:

  • Notify your supervisor and the human relations manager about the circumstances regarding your situation.

  • Discuss options available to you, e.g., scheduling, safety precautions, employee/family assistance benefits.

  • Submit a recent photo of the perpetrator to your safety manager in the event of a confrontation at work.

  • Request that all information be treated with confidence to provide for your safety and well-being.

If you are the co-worker of someone experiencing domestic violence:

  • If you suspect a co-worker is suffering abuse, do not directly confront her/him since it is important for an individual to self-disclose for her/his own safety and well-being.

  • Express concern and a willingness to listen and be supportive if needed.

  • Offer support by listening and assisting; when an individual is ready, she/he will confide.

  • If a co-worker confides in you, encourage communication with the human resources manager and her/his supervisor.

  • If you witness an incident at work, contact your safety manager or law enforcement immediately. Make sure that the incident is documented.

If you are the supervisor or manager of an employee who is experiencing domestic violence:

  • Be aware of unusual absences or behavior and take note of bruises or emotional distress.

  • Contact the human resources manager to discuss concerns, resources available and ways to support the employee, e.g., safety planning, employee assistance counseling, family resource referrals, flexible scheduling, security measures.

  • Be familiar with community resources and referrals.

  • Maintain confidentiality at all times; be sensitive to the seriousness of the situation.

  • Discuss who is appropriate to speak with the employee; agree on all forms of communication, e.g., providing the safety manager with a photo if there is a risk at work.

  • Assist the employee in documenting all incidents with the batterer that occur in the workplace.

  • Take action against domestic violence by encouraging employees to volunteer and by providing financial or in-kind support to your local domestic violence programs.        


Eve’s Place and other shelters in the valley offer a home-like setting at an undisclosed, secure and quiet location. They offer counseling and transportation for essential obligations. They can provide assistance with filing legal paperwork, looking for employment, finding a new place to live, and more. If you need help, call.


 Panorama Hills Monthly would like to thank Mr. Johnathan Tom Director of Operations for Maricopa County Home Shows for getting the donation for Eve's Place of three large box of Bounce Dryer Sheets from Proctor and Gamble, one of the exhibitors at the show at the AZ State Fairgrounds.










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Clip of Denise Brown speaking about domestic violence


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