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
NNADV Website 8.23.2013
On February 28, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and passed this vital legislation by a bipartisan vote of 286-138, including 87 republicans voting in favor. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) applauds the Members of Congress who led the fight and voted for VAWA’s passage.
“Advocates and survivors have been working on this bill for years and are both elated and relieved to see it reauthorized, says Sue Meuschke, executive director, NNADV. “We thank the Nevada Congressional delegation for their unanimous support of this bill.”
Snapshot of Nevada:
Earlier this month, both Nevada senators voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
- Senator Harry Reid (D)
- Senator Dean Heller (R)
Today, the following Nevada representatives voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
- Congressman Mark Amodei (R)
- Congressman Joseph Heck (R)
- Congressman Steven Horsford (D)
- Congresswomen Dina Titus (D)
The legislation that passed today is a strong reauthorization that includes landmark protections for women on Tribal lands, improves protections for immigrant victims, ensures services for LGBT survivors as well as people with disabilities and the elderly, and adds important housing protections for victims. The bill also preserves and maintains core funding for life-saving victim services.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) enacted in 1994, recognizes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as serious, devastating, and life-threatening crimes. VAWA programs have greatly enhanced systematic changes that give law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes while meeting the needs of victims and will continue to save countless lives through the community-based services it provides. For more information on VAWA including fact sheets on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, visit 4vawa.org. You can view the entire bill (S.47) here.
A Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) is encouraging individuals, schools, organizations, and businesses in Nevada to join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls violated – one billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers, and friends. Yet, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. The time has come to put a stop to the violence, and to the silence that surrounds it.
On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, your school, organization, or business can join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding at last an end to violence against women. V-Day wants the world to see the collective strength, the numbers, and the solidarity across borders to say NO to violence against women and girls.
Already thousands of activists and organization around the globe have signed on and events are being planned in 182 countries. Women’s, human rights, labor, economic justice, environmental, faith-based, and LGBTQ groups, as well as artists and high profile lawmakers are coming together. Some organizations have adopted the movement’s dance anthem, BREAK THE CHAIN! and are organizing flash mobs in high profile locations across the world.
“This revolutionary event provides an excellent opportunity to draw attention upon the epidemic of gender-based violence,” says Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s executive director, by creating your own community-wide event or join other events being organized across the country to emphasize the injustice facing survivors of abuse.”
To express your concern, build awareness, and demand change, sign-up at www.onebillionrising.org. For a listing of events in Nevada, you can search by state, organization sponsor, date scheduled, or zip code.
What can one person do to make a difference and increase awareness about ending violence? Invite your friends to participate in a “day of action” event that demands an end to violence by:
- Connecting with others about the campaign through social media – blog, create a link to the campaign on your Facebook page;
- Challenging your businesses partners to raise funds to support domestic violence programs in your community;
- Modeling new non-violent ways to stop bullying or harassment in your school or office;
- Volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter;
- Submitting articles to local media;
- Contacting your local legislator to increase funding for women’s service programs; and
- Creating signs, posters or design a T-shirt and wear it to your event. Visit www.onebillionrising.org for more ideas.
In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To learn more about the V-Day organization, visit www.vday.org.
NNADV Supports Common Sense Gun Policies to Help Reduce Domestic Violence Homicides
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) endorses many of the recommendations outlined by President Obama and Vice President Biden in response to the devastating impact of gun violence. This initiative represents a significant step in making our country a safer place by supporting targeted, effective policies that respond to gun violence.
Nationally, more than three women a day, on average, are killed by an intimate partner, and guns play a large role in the level of lethality. Access to firearms dramatically increases the risk of intimate partner homicide, compared to instances where there are no weapons, and that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners. According to a study released by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) on September 19, 2012, 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. Nevada has held the top position for five of the last six years.
Snapshot of Nevada, according to the annual VPC report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data:
- In 2010, 35 women were murdered by males 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 female victims were murdered by someone they knew, 56 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.
“The protections and restrictions on guns announced this week will reduce the risks for victims of domestic violence,” states Sue Meuschke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. “The President’s Plan addresses key safety concerns. Of particular concern is universal screening. Currently individuals convicted of domestic violence or who have an active Extended Order for Protection against domestic violence are prohibited from possessing firearms – in fact one study shows this restriction to be the second most common reason for denial of handgun purchase applications. Yet many of those individuals have been able to access guns through private sale, on the Internet, or at gun shows, where background checks are not required, and concern also extends to the implementation of these laws. There are limited resources currently available on the local, state and national levels that have hampered the impact of legislation. More must be done to insure effective implementation.”
“Reducing domestic violence homicide is the responsibility of all Nevada’s communities. As the VPC report points out, women in Nevada are at a higher risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love. Common sense gun laws are a step in the right direction to change this outcome,” concludes Meuschke.
STATISTICS ON GUNS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE
Compiled by National Network to End Domestic Violence
Nearly one-third of all women murdered in the United States in recent years were murdered by a current or former intimate partner. In 2010, 1,017 women, more than three a day, were killed by their intimate partners.
- Of females killed with a firearm, almost two-thirds of were killed by an intimate partner.
- Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times, compared to instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.
- In 2010, 52 percent of female homicide victims were shot and killed with a gun.
- Handguns are more likely than rifles or shotguns to be used in homicides in which men kill women. In 2010, handguns were used in 70 percent of cases where men used firearms to kill women.
- In 1998, for every one woman who used a handgun to kill an intimate acquaintance in self-defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance using a handgun.
- Domestic violence misdemeanor convictions and restraining orders were the second most common reason for denials of handgun purchase applications between 1994 and 1998.