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What domestic violence services are available to help kids and families

Release date: May 30, 2022

It is difficult to overstate how terrifying it can be to try to leave an abusive relationship. In this episode, Michael Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, and Kathy Di Nolfi, Chief Program Officer, at A New Leaf – one of the Nation’s premier service providers – explain what domestic violence (or “DV”) services are available in communities and what happens at every step in the process. We hope that this information will make it easier for you to access or for you to help someone else access these important services. We also answer a listener's question about client confidentiality. More information about Michael and Kathy, A New Leaf, and DV services nationwide can be found below.

Biography of Michael Hughes

Michael T. Hughes has been the CEO of A New Leaf for the last 40 years. Mr.

Hughes is well recognized as a leader in the nonprofit sector and has received

numerous awards for community service including: Mesa Man of the Year,

Kiwanis Club Legion of Honor Award, and Mesa Arts Academy Outstanding Board


A New Leaf’s mission of Helping Families... Changing Lives is close to Mr. Hughes’

heart and he is a living example of the agency’s philosophy: sincerity, compassion,

and clarity of purpose. In his role as CEO of A New Leaf, Mr. Hughes is responsible

to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization, to enable the

Board of Directors to fulfill its governance function, and to give direction and

leadership to further the agency vision and mission. Mr. Hughes oversees the

overall business and program management of the $25 million, 350 employees,

20+ program nonprofit agency.

Under Mr. Hughes’ leadership, A New Leaf has also assumed operations of several

non‐profits through mergers in order to preserve essential services to the

community. Some include: La Mesita Family Homeless Shelter, Faith House

Domestic Violence Shelter, West Valley Social Services, Mesa Community Action

Network and East Valley Men’s Center, Mentor E Lab, and A & A Cottages,

NEDCO, AZ Women’s Education and Employment, and Phoenix Day. A New Leaf

Foundation successfully has managed social enterprises for many years.

Mr. Hughes has a Master's Degree in Education from Nova University, Fort

Lauderdale, Florida and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Arizona State

University. He served on the Mesa Public Schools Board from 1994-2014. Mr.

Hughes has also served on the Board of Directors of Mesa United Way, Mesa Arts

Academy, Family Life Center, Magellan Governance Board, Arizona School Boards

Association, and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Biography of Kathy Di Nolfi

Kathy Di Nolfi is the current Chief Program Officer of A New Leaf, a comprehensive

Housing, Health and Community Services agency. She has worked for A New Leaf for

over 25 years. Currently, Kathy oversees 38 programs within 7 divisions focusing on

homelessness and domestic violence crisis intervention, behavioral health, reducing

poverty, early childhood education and youth residential services. Kathy holds a

Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from the University of California, Riverside.


Domestic violence services at A New Leaf

National Domestic Violence Hotline




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