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Jacksons Food Stores Support NNADV

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 through community awareness. AT the end of the campaign, Jacksons Chief Executive Officer John Jackson will match Jacksons Food Stores customers’ contributions dollar for dollar up to $75,000 with all the proceeds going to the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence.

Since 2003 customers have contributed to the campaign by purchasing a paper dove for one dollar at Jacksons Food Stores. In the 2011 campaign, customers contributed over $6,000, resulting in over $13,000 in donations, including Jackson’s dollar for dollar match contribution. Nevada donations have resulted in over $28,000 throughout the entirety of the campaign.

“We ask our customers to join us in the cause toward ending and preventing violence in our communities during the ‘Give the Gift of Peace’ campaign,” said Jackson. “Together we have the power to make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence.”

Jacksons Food Stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho will also participate in the campaign, and proceeds will go toward coalitions against domestic violence in respective states. Since the inception of the “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign, over half a million dollars have been raised to help end violence against women and girls and assist individuals who have experienced domestic violence.

“John Jackson’s willingness to bring the attention of his customers to the daily struggles of the abused working toward a violence-free life is tremendously important to our efforts to help domestic violence victims,” says NNADV Executive Director Sue Meuschke, who also thanks those who gave generously last year. She notes that every dollar counts by directly assisting victims, especially those in rural areas, to acquire resources such as transportation and emergency relocation.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Nevada Network of Domestic Violence can be made online at

Nevada Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

Nevada Has Held Top Spot for Five of the Last Six Years

According to a study released by the Violence Policy Center today, Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men for the third year in a row with a rate of 2.62 per 100,000. This rate was more than double the national average.

Snapshot of Nevada, according to the VPC study:

  • In 2010, 35 women were murdered by men in Nevada
  • For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 45 percent of female victims were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 73 percent were killed with handguns.
  • For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 91 percent of the female victims were murdered by someone they knew, 56 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.

“Reducing domestic violence homicide is the responsibility of all Nevada’s communities,” says Sue Meuschke, Executive Director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. “As this report points out, women in Nevada are at a higher risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love. Much more must be done in our state to change this outcome.”

The annual VPC report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 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 (2010) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study concludes, “The picture that emerges from When Men Murder Women is that women face the greatest threat from someone they know, most often a spouse or intimate acquaintance, who is armed with a gun. for women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them.”

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