Nationwide Survey Reveals Urgent Need for Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Service Providers
Nationwide, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence helped on a single day, but almost 10,000 requests for help go unanswered.
Snapshot of Nevada
On September 17, 2013, 169 domestic violence victims (101 children and 68 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs across Nevada. Domestic violence advocates here answered 86 crisis line calls – more than 4 calls every hour. At the same time, 20 requests for services went unmet, largely due to not enough staff and lack of funding. Across Nevada, 21 staff positions were eliminated in the past year and most of these positions were direct services, such as shelter or legal advocates.
“Across Nevada, survivors of domestic violence are reaching out for help,” said Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s Executive Director. “We are encouraging everyone, including healthcare providers, to make more referrals to local domestic violence programs. Unfortunately there are less people in our programs to respond. Increased funding for services is a critical need.”
The full national report is available online at www.nnedv.org/census. For state level statistics, select Nevada on the home page of this link.
To view the entire press release, NNEDV Census
Jacksons Food Stores Help Raise Awareness Against Domestic Violence
In partnership with the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, Jacksons Food Stores raises $161,369 in four states
(Reno, NV) – In the 10th anniversary year of the “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign, Jacksons Food Stores and its customers donated a total of $161,369 ($86,369 from customer donations and $75,000 matched by Jacksons) as part of the commitment to create Compassionate Communities. There will be a press conference this Wednesday, January 15th at 11 a.m. in Boise, Idaho where Jacksons will present the contribution check to the Coalitions Against Domestic Violence.
This donation marks the highest level of contribution in the program’s history. Since the inception of the campaign, the northwest has raised over $750,000 in total. The campaign ran from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Jacksons sold paper doves in $1, $5 and $10 increments in all of their stores in all four states of operation to raise funds for the prevention, education and support for victims of domestic violence and their children, sexual assault survivors, and adolescents experiencing relationship abuse.
“Jacksons Food Stores is pleased to support this important campaign to prevent domestic violence in our communities. Together, we thank our customers for generously responding to the campaign to increase the level of support for victims of domestic violence for the past 10 years,” said Jacksons Food Stores Owner John Jackson.
During the 2013 campaign in Nevada, Jacksons Food Stores and its customers donated a total of $22,926 ($12,271 from customer donations and $10,655 matched by Jacksons).
“John Jackson’s willingness to bring the attention of his customers to the daily struggles of victims and survivors working toward a violence-free life is tremendously important to our efforts to raise awareness,” says NNADV Executive Director Sue Meuschke, who also thanks those who gave generously last year.
For media inquiries, contact Sue Meuschke at (775) 828-1115 or Katrina Lemmon from Jacksons Food Store at (208) 955-6265.
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About Jacksons Food Stores
Jacksons Food Stores, Inc., headquartered in Meridian, was founded in Idaho in 1975 as a single service station. It has grown to be a nationally recognized chain of more than 200 stores in four western states. The company is the 3rd largest privately held corporation in the state, and has been widely recognized for its support of community and charity projects for local businesses and organizations. For more information on the charity projects Jacksons Food Stores support, visit www.jacksons.com.
About the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence was founded in 1980 to work toward the elimination of domestic and sexual violence against all persons. As Nevada’s statewide coalition, NNADV is an inclusive network which both supports our member programs, and educates the public at large. Our agency is based in Reno, but our member programs span the entire state. Domestic violence programs in the Jacksons Food Stores service area are: Advocates to End Domestic Violence, Tel. 775.883.7654 (Carson & Storey Co.); Domestic Violence Intervention, Tel. 775.423.1313 (Churchill Co.); ALIVE, Tel. 775.463.5843 (Lyon Co.); Committee to Aid Abused Women, Tel. 775.329.4150 (Washoe Co.); Tahoe Safe Alliance, Tel. 775.298.0010 (Washoe Co.); and Safe Embrace, Tel. 775.322.3466 (Washoe Co.).
Reno, NV— On Thanksgiving Day, Jacksons Food Stores and the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence will launch the “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign, a holiday season campaign that runs through December 25th to raise funds for the prevention of domestic violence. This is the 10th year anniversary of the campaign throughout the Northwest. This campaign is important for community awareness and legislative efforts to ensure funding priorities for domestic violence victims. Contributions can be made in increments of $1, $5, or $10. At the end of the campaign, Jacksons Chief Executive Officer, John Jackson, will match Jacksons Food Stores customer contributions dollar for dollar up to $75,000 with all the proceeds going to the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. Click here Jacksons Release Nevada to view the full press release.
A Time to Mourn, Celebrate, and Connect
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when experts and those professionals who work with victims of domestic violence are planning events that educate the public, inspire action, and inform victims of the help and services that are available as they struggle to live violence-free.
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data, Violence Policy Center, September 26, 2013
Snapshot of Nevada Violence Policy Center 10-1-2013, prepared by the Violence Policy Center, October 1, 2013
Governor Brian Sandoval proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read the Proclamation.
To read the complete press release, Domestic Violence Awareness Month 10-1-2013,
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence Using Green Dots to Address Violence
When an act of violence (sexual assault, partner violence, or stalking) happens in our communities there is almost always a bystander who is in a position to notice a high risk behavior and potentially do something to help. However, all too often, as bystanders we aren’t sure what to do or how to do it. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the University of Nevada, Reno and various organizations throughout northern and rural Nevada are dedicated to changing this behavior by launching a violence prevention program called Green Dot.
Green Dot incorporates a community mobilization strategy that is designed to equip bystanders with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively intervene. Professionals across northern and rural Nevada are convening for four days (September 24-27) on the University of Nevada, Reno campus to become certified Green Dot instructors.
For the full press release, Green Dot 9-4-2013
NPR – KUNR 88.7 Reno Public Radio broadcasting from the University of Nevada, Reno interview with Sue Meuschke, NNADV Executive Director: http://www.kunr.org/news/interview-green-dot-violence-training-comes-to-nv