The National Domestic Violence Hotline and the teen-oriented loveisrespect.org released their national and Nevada statistics. The national hotlines received 1,791 adult contacts and 124 teen oriented contacts in 2015.
However, this is just part of the story. Nevada’s domestic violence services agencies provided services for 63,138 adults and 509 children and teens. Last year, 31,280 victims of domestic violence accessed services via agency hotlines and 32,367 were face to face contacts.
NNADV member programs provide hotline, shelter, counseling, and advocacy services for individuals with domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help, contact your local domestic violence agency.
National Domestic Violence Hotline Reports
2015 National Report
2015 Nevada State Report
2015 National Report
2015 Nevada State
In 2015, at least 43 people lost their lives due to domestic violence according to the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence’s (NNADV) annual homicide report, 2015 Domestic Violence Homicides in Nevada. The lives lost included victims, family members, perpetrators and law enforcement. In 28 identified incidences, 64 percent (18) involved firearms, 64 percent (16) of the victims were women, and 34 percent (10) were murder-suicides. Click here to view the complete report.
Discussions around intimate partner violence typically focus on adult relationships. This is not surprising, given that one in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime. What is not as widely known however is that according to loveisrespect.org, “one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence”. Further, “girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average”. Read more
Green Dot, a bystander intervention training, is equipping teens and young adults with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively intervene. Using this approach, schools identify key student leaders who are trained to recognize situations that could lead to an act of violence (a red dot) and how to safely and effectively intervene (a green dot). The idea is that one by one, individuals in spheres of influence will start creating green dots in their school or community thereby changing the culture in the school. Read the full press release here.
The NNADV Board of Directors approved a statement supporting the 2016 Background Check Initiative. The initiative is important for the safety of victims of domestic violence in Nevada. It has been proven in one tragic incident after another that the intersection of domestic violence and firearms greatly increases the fatality risk for victims and their children. If there is a handgun in a house where domestic violence is occurring, the chances of someone being killed, generally the victim, goes up 500 percent. In states that have closed the background check loophole, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by their partners—and now, Nevadans have a chance to join them in keeping women safer from gun violence. NNADV supports this effort.
Please click here to read the full statement.