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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every year in the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness month is observed. This month is an opportunity to connect with the community through outreach and awareness to bring light to the prevalent issue of domestic violence.

There are lots of events and activities happening statewide this month. For a list of events that you can participate in observance of DVAM, click here.

Read the DVAM Proclamation from Governor Brian Sandoval.

NNADV offers a variety of resources including brochures, handbooks and toolkit. Memorial Exhibit T-shirt display is available for lending. Contact our office at 775.828.1115 to request these resources.

Nevada Ranked Sixth in the Nation in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) just released their Annual report on When Men Murder Women. According to the report, Nevada ranked sixth in the nation in the rate of women killed by men during 2012.

Snapshots of Nevada, according to the Violence Policy Center study:

  • In 2012, 25 women were murdered by males in Nevada.
  • For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 70 percent of female victims were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 56 percent were killed with handguns.
  • For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 100 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew. No female victims were killed by strangers.

The annual VPC report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data, details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The annual report uses the most recent data available (2012) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness month in October. This year, the report is being released during the week marking the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

To view the full report, click here.

Nevada Public Health launches Step Up Stop Violence website

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Rape Prevention and Education Program in partnership with the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence has launched the Step Up! Stop Violence website ( based on the Green Dot Model of Intervention to mobilize communities and create statewide campaign awareness against sexual and domestic violence. Bystander strategies are incorporated along with widespread awareness campaigns to engage teens and young adults to not only identify potentially high risk violent situations but also to safely intervene to prevent violence from occurring. To learn more, visit:

NNADV Releases Domestic Violence Guide for Media Professionals

(Reno, NV) – The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) is pleased to announce the publication, Covering Domestic Violence: A Guide for Media Professionals. This invaluable resource was created for experienced and novice media professionals who are covering crimes involving domestic and sexual violence, stalking and teen relationship abuse including bullying.

What is included in this Guide?

– References for the latest statistics from a statewide and national perspective;
– Information to expand the understanding of the issues surrounding domestic violence, including   the warning signs, how to help a victim, safety planning and how to promote healthy relationships;- References for Nevada Revised Statutes;
– How to navigate the legal system including legal remedies for survivors of domestic violence;
– Tips on accurately covering domestic violence crimes and recommendations on what to avoid when covering these crimes;
– Tips on interviewing survivors while maintaining their privacy and safety;
– Cautions when covering domestic violence-related homicides; and a
– Resource section listing “live” links to statewide and national resources.

Click here to view the guide


About NNADV:

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.

Open Positions on the NNADV Board of Directors

The NNADV Board of Directors has two openings: one program at-large seat (must be affiliated with a member program – staff, volunteer or board member), and one community at-large seat (not directly affiliated with a member program). All are three year terms and begin on January 2015. NNADV Board nominees must be current members of NNADV (an individual member or a volunteer or paid staff person or an organization that is currently a member) and committed to NNADV’s mission, philosophy and goals.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of NNADV. Directors serve as trustees on behalf of donors and are thus responsible for ensuring that the organization meets both legal and ethical standards for nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. The Board’s most important role is to provide oversight of all activities and funds. The Board plays a critical role in ensuring that the organization has what it needs to carry out its mission, and that it does so legally, ethically, and effectively. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following: setting the vision, mission, and organizational goals; making sure the organization has the resources it needs and those resources are well managed; making sure the organization carries out its mission with effective programs; hiring, supervising, and evaluating the Executive Director; establishing personnel policies and procedures; enhancing the organization’s public image. To effectively carry out these job duties, Board members are expected to:

  • Commit to 4 to 10 hours per month to the work of this Board and the organization, and any extra effort that may be required in relation to fundraising events or other special activities.
  • Attend Board meetings regularly, including all four of the Board member meetings each year.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Serve actively on at least two standing or ad hoc committees and attend committee meetings regularly, attending at least two-thirds of the schedules committee meetings as well as special meetings as needed.
  • Participate in the following fundraising activities: make a personal financial contribution to the organization each year; identify prospective donors and assist in fundraising initiatives; buy tickets, attend, and participate in the planning and marketing of the organization’s fundraising events.

Nominations are due August 15, 2014. We strongly encourage individuals who have been active members of NNADV to consider board membership. NNADV is committed to representing all victims of domestic violence and strives to have a broad range of representation. Please contact our office 775.828.1115 to obtain a nomination packet.


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