Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA)

Domestic Violence
Apache Junction, Arizona

Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) provides trauma-informed, person- centered comprehensive services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Pinal and Eastern Maricopa Counties. Our Community Outreach team provides advocacy and counseling services to survivors by traveling throughout the counties. Within our Outreach team are our Legal Advocates who assist survivors in navigating the legal systems, and our THRIVE Specialist, who provides services to survivors through a transition-in-place program. We have a Licensed Counselor on staff who provides therapy and counseling to survivors, and facilitates support groups. We also operate an emergency safe house 24/7, 365 days a year. Our Emergency Shelter program provides survivors who are fleeing abuse and their children with a safe place to stay, during which time they can choose to receive healing and counseling services, legal advocacy services, psycho- education, and case management services to assist them with securing permanent housing and maintaining independence free from violence. CAAFA has adopted an evidence-based, low-barrier model to promote autonomy and choice for survivors. Our facilities are ADA accessible, and we make every effort to provide services to survivors that are culturally- sensitive. All of our services are free and confidential. Anyone who is a survivor may receive services, including women, men, families, teens, LGBTQ-identified survivors, and anyone regardless, of race, religious preference, political beliefs, disability, ethnicity, socio-economic status, marital status, and family status. CAAFA has adopted the NASW core values and principles to inform our practice.

Special placement information:
Accepting BSW, MSW 1st-year, and MSW 2nd-year/Advanced Standing (SL + clinical) students. Full- and part-time positions available. No preferences between Social Leadership or Clinical interns.
Agency hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday-Friday. However, staff may come in as early as 7:00AM and leave as late as 6:00PM. Advocacy hours: may extend beyond this, as our advocates remain flexible and meet their participants at times that are convenient for them. Emergency shelter hours: 24/7, 365 days a year. Schedule is flexible.
Supervision can be provided in person or, when needed, via, a confidential tele-therapy program that CAAFA has begun using with participants this year. 
Transportation to facility required, however intern may ride with an advocate to provide services. Intern cannot transport clients in their own vehicle. 
Liability insurance not required.
Stipend not available. 
Video-/Audio-taping not permitted without written permission, and it is prohibited for anyone to video-/audio-tape clients.
We also know that students may have a wide range of interests, and we’re able to offer students a variety of experience, including direct service, macro practice, program and administrative duties, work with adults, children, or families, and a range of different types of service provision. We want students to get the most out of their experience with us, and so we work with the student to provide a rich and valuable hands-on learning experience.