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City of Phoenix TV Program Shares Courageous Stories of Domestic Violence Victims as Part of the City’s Paint Phoenix Purple Campaign in OctoberCity of Phoenix TV Program Shares Courageous Stories of Domestic Violence Victims as Part of the City’s Paint Phoenix Purple Campaign in October<div class="ExternalClass1EA3BEF632FD4D019FEEA4EB9C3F5DFD"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Media%20Assets/Paint-Phoenix-Purple.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:225px;" /> </p><p>PHXTV, the city’s award-winning news and information station, examines the problem of domestic violence in Phoenix during an hour-long special, “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2fJ4NIDmnU&list=PL22YB12L5NbSVea0L4CljFMHSW0py-4ey&index=13">Behind Closed Doors</a>.”  This program provides victims of abuse the tools needed to get out of an abusive relationship and the resources they need to survive.</p><p>One in four women and one in seven men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV). In Phoenix, last fiscal year 11,777 calls were received with 1,420 screened for emergency shelter.  </p><p>Producer and host Deborah Sedillo Dugan conducts exclusive interviews with 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.</p><p>“In order for us to create change in the way society views victims of domestic violence and help the public understand the complexities surrounding the age-old question of ‘why doesn’t she just leave,’ it’s critical to hear from survivors of domestic violence directly, said Allie Bones, chief executive officer, ACESDV.  “Their stories give voice to domestic violence victims and honor the experiences of all those whose lives are lost each year and can no longer share their story.”</p><p>“<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2fJ4NIDmnU&list=PL22YB12L5NbSVea0L4CljFMHSW0py-4ey&index=13">Behind Closed Doors</a>” also features interviews with Phoenix Police, the city’s Prosecutors Office, a Crisis Response Team volunteer, Family Advocacy Center staff, a forensic nurse and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.</p><p>The program, which airs at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, will have multiple replays during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.</p><p>PHXTV programs can be seen on Cox Cable Channel 11, CenturyLink Channel 8004, <a href="http://phoenix.gov/">phoenix.gov </a>and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofphoenixaz">youtube.com/cityofphoenixaz</a>. For replay times or to view programs on demand, visit <a href="/phxtv">phoenix.gov/11</a>.</p></div>9/30/2015 9:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel, 602-534-3443Deborah Sedillo Dugan602-262-6163